Sunday, December 2, 2018

Species List: 29-11-2018, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

21 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 29-11-2018.

A single shore entry dive by Julie, Terry and David of 145 minutes. Maximum depth 6.2 m, 25 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

Another long and rewarding dive in the Mooloolah River with almost half the species found being aeolids. Phyllodesmium undulatum was sighted once again effecting a quite photogenic subject with its gorgonian host as backdrop. Abronica purpureoanulata was first sighted at Hutchinson Shoals a couple of months ago and now also seen today, in the River.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Abronica purpureoanulata -1
Cratena lineata -4
Elysia sp. 11 -1
Elysia sp. 19 -1
Facelina sp. 12 -1
Flabellina rubrolineata -26
Goniobranchus daphne -9
Goniobranchus decorus -1
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -20+
Gymnodoris sp. 13 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Haminoea sp. -1 (Shell)
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Philinopsis speciosa -2
Phyllodesmium undulatum -1
Tenellia sp. 24 -2
Thuridilla carlsoni -3
Unidentia sp.1 -3+
Unidentia sp. 2 -8
Unidentia sp. 5 -4
Unidentia sp. 7 -1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Thuridilla carlsoni

Facelina sp. 12

Flabellina rubrolineata

Cratena lineata

Gymnodoris sp. 13

Elysia sp. 19

Philinopsis speciosa

Phyllodesmium undulatum on gorgonian host

Phyllodesmium undulatum

Abronica purpureoanulata

Tenellia sp. 24

Goniobranchus decorus

Gymnodoris sp. 17