Sunday, August 6, 2017

Species List: 04-08-2017, North-West Reef, Old Woman Island, off Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

29 species sighted at North-West Reef, Old Woman Island, off Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 04-08-2017

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 100 minute and 1 x 91 minute dives in water depths from 8 m to 12 m. 15 m viz, 20 C water temp and some intermittent slight surge.

We hadn’t dived this site since January and we were very pleasantly surprised at the water clarity that greeted us. Species numbers however were down on past visits here that have given us regular counts up in the forties. Aegires villosusCrimora edwardsi, Phyllodesmium macphersonae and Phyllidia guamensis are finds worth a special mention.

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

Aegires villosus -/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 3/1
Ceratosoma trilobatum 1/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Crimora edwardsi 1/-
Dendrodoris fumata -/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/-
Dermatobranchus rodmani 1/-
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 1/-
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 13/4
Flabellina bicolor 1/-
Glossodoris vespa 4/-
Goniobranchus daphne 1/-
Goniobranchus reticulatus -/1
* Goniobranchus splendidus 11/10
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/2
Hypselodoris obscura  1/1
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/-
Miamira magnifica 1/-
Phyllidia elegans -/1
Phyllidia guamensis 1/1
Phyllidia ocellata -/2
Phyllidiella lizae 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/2
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 1/-
Pleurobranchus peronii -/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 6/4
Thuridilla splendens 7/2

Goniobranchus daphne

Crimora edwardsi - white gills

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Pleurobranchus peronii - juvenile

Dendrodoris fumata

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Aegires villosus

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Surface conditions - looking 
south east to the island


Doriprismatica atromarginata

Ceratosoma trilobatum

Phyllidiella lizae 

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Sagaminopteron ornatum - a pair

Phyllodesmium macphersonae

Chromodoris kuiteri

Goniobranchus splendidus

Phyllidia elegans

Thuridilla splendens

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Miamira magnifica

Glossodoris vespa

Dermatobranchus rodmani