Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Species List: 08-01-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

24 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 08-01-2017.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this single shore entry dive, of 136 minutes. Maximum depth 6.5 m, 26 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

The tidal flow was not strong and the visibility was accordingly low. A good number of species sighted. Liloa sp. 2 found by sieving in the silt at the bottom of the channel. Costasiella kuroshimae has not been found in the river previously, Flabellina sp. 3 only once before as has Trapania scurra. The interesting discovery was Jorunna sp. 2. This species has an interesting history on our site. Originally found on the Rockwall Ledges just outside the river back in 2005 it became confused with other similar looking specimens that were later changed to Jorunna ramicola and so Jorunna sp. 2 was deleted. This find brings to light that error and Jorunna sp. 2  is now resurrected.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Aglaja sp. 3 -1
Chelidonura fulvipunctata -1
Costasiella kuroshimae -1
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -2
Doto sp. 3 -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -1
Eubranchus sp. 13 -1
Flabellina sp. 3 -1
Godiva quadricolor -8
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -6
* Goniobranchus daphne -23
Goniobranchus decorus -8
Goniobranchus reticulatus -1
Goniobranchus verrieri -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -5
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Jorunna sp. 2 -1 (reinstated)
Liloa sp. 2 -3 Two shells, one live
Okenia liklik -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -6
Tenellia sibogae -3
Tenella sp. 23 -1
Trapania scurra -2

Jorunna sp. 2 

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Goniobranchus verrieri

Chelidonura fulvipunctata

Trapania scurra

Aglaja sp. 3

Tenella sp. 23

Okenia liklik

Flabellina sp. 3

Gymnodoris sp. 10 - the business end

Tenellia sibogae

Goniodoridella sp. 1 with Costasiella kuroshimae

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Liloa sp. 2


Goniobranchus daphne - a pair

Hypselodoris obscura

Godiva quadricolor

Eubranchus sp. 10

Goniobranchus decorus

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Eubranchus sp. 13

Doto sp. 3