Thursday, July 26, 2018

Species List: 25-07-2018, TJ's Boulders, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Qld

44 species sighted at TJ's Boulders, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 25-07-2018.

Terry, David and Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 74 minute and 1 x 79 minute dives in water depths up to 18.9 m, 25 m viz, 20 C water temp and hardly any surge.

Winter brings cool weather and great water clarity. Today was another great winter dive outing. The swell was down which made for enjoyable Nudibranch hunting. Lots of interesting species were recorded and finding 44 species on this outing is exceptional.

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

Ardeadoris sp. 2 -/2
Bornella anguilla 2/2
Bulbaeolidia alba 1/-
Ceratosoma tenue 1/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 5/4
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 1/-
Dermatobranchus rodmani 1/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 6/5
Flabellina exoptata 3/3
* Flabellina rubrolineata 8/3
Glossodoris vespa 2/6
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/-
Goniobranchus sp. 6 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 5/5
Gymnodoris sp. 9 1/-
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni -/4
Hypselodoris obscura 5/1
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/-
Hypselodoris zephyra -/1
Mariaglaja inornata 1/-
Miamira magnifica 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata -/1
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella annulata 1/-
Phyllidia elegans juvenile 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 4/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/3
Phyllidiopsis burni 1/-
Phyllidiopsis cardinalis -/1
Phyllodesmium magnum 1/-
Phyllodesmium poindimiei 1/-
Pleurolidia juliae 2/2
Pteraeolidia semperi 1/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 2/2
Sagaminopteron psychedelicum 1/-
Tambja tenuilineata -/1
Thorunna sp. 3 -/1
Trapania vitta -/3
Tritoniopsis elegans 2/-
Verconia simplex -/1
Verconia sp. 2 1/-

Our ride about to embark

Surface conditions

Terry in Branching mode

The main boulder and swim through

Goniobranchus splendidus


Flabellina rubrolineata


Flabellina exoptata 

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Bornella anguilla

Phyllidiella annulata

Phyllidia elegans juvenile

Glossodoris vespa

Goniobranchus sp. 6

Chromodoris kuiteri

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Trapania vitta

Phyllidiella lizae

Pleurolidia juliae

Phyllidiopsis cardinalis

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Bulbaeolidia alba

Dermatobranchus oculus

Goniobranchus geometricus

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Mariaglaja inornata

Phyllidia picta

Phyllodesmium magnum

Phyllodesmium poindimiei

Tambja tenuilineata

Thorunna sp. 3

Trapania vitta

Verconia simplex

Verconia sp. 2

Ceratosoma tenue

Tritoniopsis elegans and egg mass

Sagaminopteron psychedelicum 

Miamira magnifica

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Hypselodoris zephyra