Monday, October 9, 2017

Species List: 08-10-2017, Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

20 species sighted at Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 08-10-2017.

Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 68 minute and 1 x 59 minute dives in water depths from 17 m to 19.4 m. 5-8 m viz, 22 C water temp and some occasional surge.

Today was Nudibranch Day with Sunreef Scuba Diving. I picked another outing to Clown Reef because of its Nudibranch diversity and we weren't disappointed. It was nice to fine Glossodoris rufomarginata and large animal as well 80 mm. In one photo I found and shot a Hypselodoris maculosa it wasn't until I got home when I realized Dermatobranchus fortunatus was resting nearby.

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

Aegires citrinus 1/-
Berthellina citrina -/1
Chelidonura inornata -/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 2/1
Cratena lineata -/1
Dermatobranchus fortunatus 1/-
Discodoris coerulescens 1/-
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 8/3
Glossodoris rufomarginata -/1
Goniobranchus decorus 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/1
Hypselodoris maculosa 2/-
Phyllidia elegans -/1
Phyllidia exquisita 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa -/1
Roboastra luteolineata -/1
Tambja tenuilineata 2/-
Tambja victoriae 1/-
Thuridilla splendens -/1

Surface conditions


Chromodoris elisabethina

Goniobranchus splendidus

Phyllidia exquisita

Goniobranchus decorus

Phyllidiella lizae

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Tambja tenuilineata

Tambja tenuilineata

Dermatobranchus fortunatus and Hypselodoris maculosa

Discodoris coerulescens rhinopores

Discodoris coerulescens

Aegires citrinus

Tambja victoriae

Glossodoris rufomarginata

Phyllidia elegans

Cratena lineata

Phyllidiella lizae

Roboastra luteolineata

Chelidonura inornata