Sunday, March 24, 2019

Species List: 24-03-2019, The Trench with Sunreef, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

20 species sighted at The Trench with Sunreef, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 24-03-2019.

A double boat dive with Sunreef by Gary and friends consisting of a 50 minute and 54 minute dives. Maximum depth 18.0 m, 26 C water temperature and up to 8 m viz.

It's Nudibranch Day at Sunreef and today is the last trip on '4-Shore' she is sold to another owner. Some interesting species were found as well as rather large Hexabranchus sanguineus in its dying hours, mantle margin flowing in the water movement and enlarged buccal mass.

Species and number thereof sighted 1st dive/2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Cadlinella ornatissima -/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 1/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/3
Chromodoris lochi -/2
Dermatobranchus rodmani 1/-
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/2
Halgerda aurantiomaculata -/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus dying 1/-
Hypselodoris bullockii 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni -/1
Mariaglaja inornata 1/1
Phyllidia ocellata 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae -/1
Phyllodesmium sp. 2 -/1
Tenellia sp. 1 -/1
Thuridilla carlsoni -/1
Thuridilla splendens 1/2
Verconia sp. 2 1/-

Photos by G. Cobb, G. McIntyre and D. Parker

Our ride - the last one

Surface conditions from the stern

View of our ride before...

Chromodoris elisabethina

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus


Hexabranchus sanguineus

Hypselodoris bullockii

Verconia sp. 2


Phyllidia ocellata

Amanda doing it

The boss

Halgerda aurantiomaculata 

The wall

Hypselodoris bullockii

Thuridilla splendens

Mariaglaja inornata

Tenellia sp. 1

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Chromodoris kuiteri

Cadlinella ornatissima

Chromodoris elisabethina and egg mass

Chromodoris lochi

Tenellia sp. 1

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Thuridilla carlsoni

Mariaglaja inornata

Phyllidiella lizae