Sunday, July 21, 2019

Species List: 20-07-2019, Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

28 species sighted at Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 20-07-2019.

A single solo shore entry dive by Gary two friends were also in the area of 135 minutes. Maximum depth 5.7 m, 19 C water temperature and up to 10 m viz.

Another beautiful winters day and to the bottom I went. Fran and partner were on the dive as well. The tidal flow was quite low and the water clarity was excellent, I love winter diving. Right after descending I found Elysia coodgeensis on the first rock I searched. 8 species were recorded in the first 5 minutes! From under rocks Dendrodoris arborescens and Dendrodoris fumata were found. The find of the day was Trapania brunnea.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Ceratosoma tenue -1
Costasiella sp. 1 -1
Cratena lineata -15
Cratena simba -2
Dendrodoris arborescens -1
Dendrodoris fumata -1
Elysia coodgeensis -1
Facelina bourailli -1
Flabellina lotos -21
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniodoridella savigny -13
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -40
Goniodoridella sp. 5 -1
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -2
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -2
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Hypselodoris whitei -2
Hypselodoris zephyra -2
Jorunna sp. 6 -3
Phyllodesmium poindimiei -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -37
Tenellia sibogae -1
Tenellia sp. 24 -1
Tenellia sp. 36 -1
Trapania brunnea -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -4

Entry

Substrate

Elysia coodgeensis

Starting the search

Pteraeolidia semperi

Trio

Tenellia sibogae 

Figures in a landscape

Flabellina lotos 

Searching

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sp. 36

Cratena lineata

Flabellina lotos

Dendrodoris arborescens

Channel marker

Goniodoridella savigny

Substrate

Gymnodoris sp. 17 

Goniodoridella savigny

Unidentia sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura

Hypselodoris zephyra 

Hypselodoris zephyra 

Goniodoridella savigny

Substrate

Goniobranchus daphne 

Costasiella sp. 1 

Dendrodoris fumata 

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Tenellia sp. 24

Jorunna sp. 6 

Jorunna sp. 6 

Hypselodoris whitei

Unidentia sp. 1

Trapania brunnea

Facelina bourailli

Cratena simba

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Unidentia sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Cratena simba

Goniobranchus decorus

Ceratosoma tenue

Phyllodesmium poindimiei