Monday, June 12, 2017

Species List: 11-06-2017, The Trench, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

15 species sighted at The Trench, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 11-06-2017

Gary diving solo on this excursion with Sunreef Scuba Diving on Nudibranch Day consisting of 1 x 52 minute and 1 x 53 minute dives in water depths from 15 m to 19.6 m. Up to 15 m viz, 20 C water temp and quite a bit of surge due to a 2 m swell.

With the swell and the surge it produces the number of nudibranch species found was quite low. Trying to keep the camera still while it focuses was a challenge. It was exciting seeing 3 Phyllidiopsis burni animals together.

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

Ardeadoris rubroannulata -/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 1/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/1
Dermatobranchus rodmani -/1
Dermatobranchus sp. 8 -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3/1
Glossodoris vespa -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/-
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/1
Phyllidiopsis burni 3/-
Thuridilla splendens -/2

Sunreef and divers prepare to leave

The substrate

Phyllidiella lizae

Chromodoris kuiteri

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllidiopsis burni

Chromodoris elisabethina

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Surface conditions

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Thuridilla splendens

Phyllidiella lizae