Sunday, January 15, 2017

Species List: 13-01-2017, near Bornella Reef, off the SE corner of Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

40 species found at a site near to Bornella Reef, off the SE corner of Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 13-01-2017.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 98 minute and 1 x 83 minute dives in water depths from 12 m to 15.5 m. 5 m viz , 23 C water temp and a little surge.

We headed to the Outer Gneerings at first in perfect conditions only to find a 2 to 3 knot current surging through the site when we dropped anchor. Although the water was an inviting deep blue colour fighting currents is not our preferred way to dive so we headed in to Old Woman Island where the vis was much reduced but the slugs nevertheless did not disappoint. In particular the Hypselodoris sp. 4 was a rare find as was the Tritoniopsis elegans with the blue colouration to the gill tips.

Number of each species sighted: 1st dive/2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Ardeadoris sp. 2 0/1
Bornella anguilla 1/1
Carminodoris nodulosa 1/0
Chromodoris striatella 0/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 2/0
Dermatobranchus rodmani 0/1
Dermatobranchus sp. 8 3/3
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 12/5
Elysia maoria 0/4
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/0
Glossodoris vespa 1/0
Goniobranchus albonares 1/0
Goniobranchus daphne 0/4
Goniobranchus splendidus 10/2
Goniobranchus verrieri 1/0
Goniodoridella savignyi 3/0
Hypselodoris jacksoni 4/2
Hypselodoris maritima 1/-
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 3/1
Hypselodoris sp. 4 1/-
Jorunna sp. 3 0/2
Oxynoe viridis 1/-
Philinopsis falciphallus 1/0
Phyllidia coelestis 1/0
Phyllidia exquisita 1/0
Phyllidia ocellata 3/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/1
Phyllodesmium magnum 0/1
Pteraeolidia semperi -/1
Roboastra luteolineata 2/0
Sagaminopteron ornatum 2/0
Tambja limaciformis 1/0
Tambja victoriae 1/2
Thuridilla carlsoni 1/0
Thuridilla splendens 7/3
Tornatina sp. 1 1/0
Tritoniopsis elegans 0/1
Verconia laboutei 1/-
Verconia norba -/1

Phyllidia exquisita

Goniobranchus splendidus

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Goniodoridella savignyi

Flabellina rubrolineata

Thuridilla carlsoni

Philinopsis falciphallus

Tambja limaciformis

Hypselodoris sp. 4

Tambja victoriae

Elysia maoria

Goniobranchus albonares

Phyllidia ocellata

Thuridilla splendens

Tritoniopsis elegans - with blue gill tips

Verconia laboutei

Verconia norba

Bornella anguilla

Oxynoe viridis

Jorunna sp. 3

Phyllodesmium magnum

Surface conditions at the site

Following the dive reel line


Phyllidiella lizae

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Phyllidia coelestis

Glossodoris vespa

Carminodoris nodulosa

Roboastra luteolineata

Dermatobranchus oculus

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Goniobranchus verrieri

Tornatina sp. 1 

Chromodoris striatella

Dermatobranchus sp. 8 

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Ardeadoris sp. 2