Sunday, June 16, 2019

Species List: 15-06-2019, Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

22 species sighted at Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 15-06-2019.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and Jenny of 150 minutes. Maximum depth 5.7 m, 21 C water temperature and up to 8 m viz.

Early morning darkness, at the start, called to us. This time I focused on the boulder field instead of the flats which proved a good decision with 22 species being found including a new Tenellia our 808th species. A total of 133 animals were recorded.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus -1
Cratena lineata -3
Cratena simba -6
Facelina bourailli -2
Flabellina lotos -5
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniobranchus verrieri juvenile -1
Goniodoridella savigny -5
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -27
Goniodoridella sp. 5 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -5
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -12
Kabeiro christianae -2
* Pteraeolidia semperi -38
Retusa sp. 5 shell -1
Tenellia sibogae -1
Tenellia sp. 44 -2
Tenellia sp. 55 -1 NEW SPECIES
Unidentia sp. 5 -13
Unidentia sp. 8 -2
Verconia simplex -1

Early morning entry

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Flatworm

Tenellia sp. 44

Flabellina lotos

Retusa sp. 5 shell 

Unidentia sp. 5

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sp. 55  NEW SPECIES

Tenellia sp. 55  NEW SPECIES

Tenellia sp. 55  NEW SPECIES

Tenellia sp. 55  NEW SPECIES

Unidentia sp. 5

Substrate

Substrate

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Cratena simba

Goniodoridella sp. 5 with tri-forked rhinophore

Atys semistriatus juvenile

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniodoridella savigny

Goniodoridella savigny

Tenellia sp. 44 a large animal 70 mm

Goniobranchus daphne

Unidentia sp. 5 with unusual faded posterior end

Facelina bourailli

Cratena simba

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Tenellia sibogae

Verconia simplex

Kabeiro christianae

Goniodoridella sp. 5 

Facelina bourailli

Substrate

Friday, June 14, 2019

Species List: 13-06-2019, Fish Cage upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

14 species sighted at Fish Cage upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia 13-06-2019.

A single shore entry afternoon/night dive by Gary, Jens and David of 153 minutes. Maximum depth 5.7 m, 21 C water temperature and up to 10 m viz.

Another winter river dive has the water looking very clear. After descending we turned left to record the beautiful Phyllodesmium undulatum. Then headed north into the current which was not bad. Darkness came onto us and night began. Of note were the juvenile Atys semistriatus, the cryptic Plocamopherus ceylonicus and the Kabeiro christianae animals. For the first time in a while Cratena lineata was most common.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus -6
Austrocylichna sp. shell -1
* Cratena lineata -17
Flabellina lotos -10
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -14
Kabeiro christianae -4
Philinopsis speciosa -1
Phyllodesmium undulatum -1
Plocamopherus ceylonicus -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -2
Unidentia sp. 6 -9

Evening entry

Phyllodesmium undulatum 

Phyllodesmium undulatum 

Substrate

Substrate

David in attack mode

Looking up at the surface from the bottom

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Atys semistriatus juvenile

Atys semistriatus juvenile

Unidentia sp. 1

Cratena lineata

Cratena lineata

Unidentia sp. 1

Austrocylichna sp. shell

Unidentia sp. 6 

Flabellina lotos 

Flabellina lotos damaged

Unidentia sp. 6

Atys semistriatus juvenile

Kabeiro christianae egg mass

Kabeiro christianae

Kabeiro christianae

Flabellina lotos

Kabeiro christianae

Plocamopherus ceylonicus

Plocamopherus ceylonicus

Plocamopherus ceylonicus

Philinopsis speciosa