Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Species List: 08-10-2018, Shellacey Reef, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

33 species sighted at Shellacey Reef, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 08-10-2018.

David and Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 69 minute and 1 x 71 minute dives in water depths up to 17.7 m, up to 10 m viz, 21 C water temp.

The weather report looked Ok so off we went just the two of us to a site we have not dived in quite a while. The surface conditions were fabulous and glassy. Upon settling on the bottom we discovered there was surge, not the worse but just enough to make photography challenging.

David and I were pleasantly unaware that within minutes we both found Cyerce kikutarobabai from different locations. A real treat considering we the Team have never found it previously. A beautiful surprise! At the end of the second dive Chromodoris willani was recorded.

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

Aegires citrinus 1/-
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/1
Berthellina citrina -/1
Bornella anguilla 1/-
Chromodoris elisabethina 3/1
Chromodoris kuiteri -/1
Chromodoris willani -/1
Crimora sp. 1 -/1
Cyerce kikutarobabai 2/-
Dendrodoris fumata 1/-
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/-
Diversidoris crocea -/1
Diversidoris flava 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3/2
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 3/1
Gymnodoris alba -/1
Halgerda aurantiomaculata 1/-
Hexabranchus sanguineus -/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/1
Phyllidia elegans 1/-
Phyllidia exquisitia 1/-
Phyllidia picta -/1
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
* Phyllidiella pustulosa 4/2
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 1/-
Pleurobranchus peronii -/1
Tenellia sp. 1 1/-
Tenellia sp. 33 1/-
Thuridilla splendens 1/-
Tyrannodoris luteolineata 1/-

About to depart

Surface conditions were super


Bornella anguilla

Cyerce kikutarobabai

Tenellia sp. 33

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Phyllidia varicosa

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Tyrannodoris luteolineata

Goniobranchus splendidus

Chromodoris elisabethina

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Cyerce kikutarobabai

Substrate - the bluff

Phyllidia picta

Phyllidiella lizae

Chromodoris kuiteri

Pleurobranchus peronii

Berthellina citrina

Crimora sp. 1  - 2-3 mm

Goniobranchus geometricus

Substrate - north gutter

Aegires citrinus

Chromodoris elisabethina

Dendrodoris fumata

Tenellia sp. 1

Diversidoris flava

Cyerce kikutarobabai

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Gymnodoris alba

Chromodoris willani