Thursday, July 27, 2017

Species List: 26-07-2017, Lobster City, eastern edge of Raper Shoals, off Currimundi, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

36 species sighted at Lobster City, eastern edge of Raper Shoals, off Currimundi, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 26-07-2017

Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 61 minute and 1 x 62 minute dives in water depths from 16 m to 20 m. 8 m viz, 20 C water temp and absolutely no surge.

We were treated to near perfect conditions on this diving excursion. Flat seas, no wind, swell or current and reasonable visibility for the Currimundi coast. In regard to our recent species count paucity has given way to plethora. Good finds include the Hypselodoris apolegma, Eubranchus sp. 3 and the mating pair of Nembrotha purpureolineata. The specimens of Phyllidiopsis burni and Phyllidia varicosa seem to be content as they have hardly moved during the four days since we originally recorded them there.

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

Ardeadoris averni 1/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2  3/2
Bornella anguilla 1/2
Cadlinella ornatissima 1/-
Cratena lineata -/1
Dermatobranchus oculus -/1
Dermatobranchus ornatus -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 4/1
Eubranchus sp. 3 1/-
Flabellina exoptata 1/1
Flabellina rubrolineata 3/2
Glossodoris vespa 2/1
Goniobranchus collingwoodi 1/-
Goniobranchus sp. 1 -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 2/3
Goniodoridella savignyi 2/1
Gymnodoris sp. 10  1/-
Hypselodoris apolegma 1/-
Hypselodoris bullockii 2/1
* Hypselodoris jacksoni 5/7
Hypselodoris obscura 3/5
Hypselodoris sp. ?? -/1
Jorunna sp. 3 -/1
Marionia cyanobranchiata 1/-
Miamira magnifica -/1
Nembrotha purpureolineata -/3
Phylliidia ocellata 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa 1/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/3
Phyllidiopsis burni 1/-
Pteraeolidia semperi 1/-
Sagaminopteron ornatum -/2
Tenellia sibogae -/1
Thuridilla splendens 1/1
Tylodina corticalis 1/-

Surface conditions to die for.

Hypselodoris bullockii and Glossodoris vespa

Goniodoridella savignyi

Hypselodoris bullockii - very vibrant colours

Nembrotha purpureolineata

Jorunna sp. 3

Cratena lineata

Someone has to do it!

Flabellina exoptata

Eubranchus sp. 3

Marionia cyanobranchiata

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Dermatobranchus oculus

Nembrotha purpureolineata, a mating pair

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Goniobranchus sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura


Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris apolegma

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Cadlinella ornatissima

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllidia varicosa

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Phyllidiopsis burni

Bornella anguilla

Tylodina corticalis

Goniobranchus collingwoodi 

Goniobranchus splendidus

Miamira magnifica

Sagaminopteron ornatum