Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Species List: 28-05-2017, Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

29 species sighted at Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 28-05-2017

Julie, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 74 minute and 1 x 67 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 20 m. Up to 20 m viz, 23 C water temp and negligible surge. Terry was handling surface logistics.

The visibility and coral growth at this site sure creates a contrast to the muck diving we undertook in Ambon, Indonesia last week. The lack of surge compared to last time we were here made the dive most relaxing and it is always a joy to arrive at the Gneerings when no current is running. Good finds included Halgerda aurantiomaculata, Tenellia sp. 36 and the large number of our logo species - Chromodoris elisabethina.

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

Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 1/-
Aegires citrinus 1/-
Cadlinella ornatissima 1/-
Caloria indica 1/-
Chromodoris burni 1/-
* Chromodoris elisabethina 9/6
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/2
Chromodoris lochi 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/1
Glossodoris vespa -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Goniobranchus kuniei 1/-
Halgerda aurantiomaculata 1/-
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni -/2
Hypselodoris obscura -/1
Phyllidia elegans 1/1
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 5/4
Pleurolidia juliae 1/-
Tenellia sibogae 1/-
Tenellia sp. 33 1/3
Tenellia sp. 36 1/-
Thuridilla splendens 2/-
Tylodina corticalis -/2
Verconia simplex 1/-

Verconia simplex

Chromodoris kuiteri

Tenellia sibogae

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Goniobranchus geometricus

Tylodina corticalis

Lookin' up

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Goniobranchus kuniei 

Sublime surface conditions

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Dive platform


Hovering diver

Chromodoris elisabethina

Phyllidia elegans

Tenellia sp. 36

Chromodoris burni

Chromodoris lochi

Caloria indica

Pleurolidia juliae

Halgerda aurantiomaculata

Phyllidiella pustulosa