Monday, October 14, 2019

Species List: 13-10-2019, the Trench, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

37 species sighted at the Trench, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, 13-10-2019.

A Sunreef Nudibranch Day double boat dive by Gary, David, Brenton, Tracy, Harvey and Rach of 58 and 57 minutes. Maximum depth 18.9 m, 22 C water temperature and 8-10 m viz.

Another fair weather Sunreef Nudibranch Day. A boat load of divers wanting to learn more about our favourite animals. The anchor was dropped perfectly and down we went, no new species but some interesting ones non the less. For me the finding of Tambja caeruleocirrus was great as well as Cadlinella ornatissima. A great day out and a good list of species.

Species and number thereof sighted first dive/second dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Ardeadoris averni 2/4
Berthella martensi 1/-
Bornella anguilla 3/1
Cadlinella ornatissima 1/-
Chromodoris burni -/2
Chromodoris elisabethina 2/3
Chromodoris kuiteri 4/4
Chromodoris lochi 1/-
Chromodoris sp. 5 -/1
Chromodoris strigata -/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 8/9
Glossodoris vespa 1/-
Goniobranchus geometricus -/2
Goniobranchus kuniei 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/2
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/2
Hypselodoris maritima 1/-
Hypselodoris sp. 4 1/-
Hypselodoris whitei 1/-
Mariaglaja inornata -/2
Phyllidia elegans 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa 1/1
Phyllidiella annulata 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 4/3
Pleurolidia juliae 2/1
Roboastra luteolineata -/1
Tambja morosa 1/-
Tambja caeruleocirrus -/1
Tenellia melanobrachia 1/-
Thuridilla carlsoni 1/1
Thuridilla sp. 6 5/6
Verconia laboutei -/1
Verconia norba -/1
Verconia simplex 1/-

Making ready

Substrate

Substrate

Phyllidia varicosa

Thuridilla sp. 6

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Hypselodoris maritima

Bornella anguilla

Phyllidiella annulata

Surface conditions

Tenellia melanobrachia

Bornella anguilla feeding

Chromodoris burni

Chromodoris sp. 5

Ardeadoris averni

Chromodoris strigata

Tenellia melanobrachia

Tambja caeruleocirrus

Chromodoris kuiteri

Verconia laboutei

Hypselodoris sp. 4

Glossodoris vespa

Phyllidia elegans

Goniobranchus geometricus pair

Goniobranchus kuniei

Berthella martensi

Ardeadoris averni

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Goniobranchus splendidus

Chromodoris lochi 

Phyllidia ocellata

Cadlinella ornatissima

Thuridilla carlsoni

Phyllidiella pustulosa and Chromodoris elisabethina

Goniobranchus splendidus

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Hypselodoris whitei

Mariaglaja inornata

Chromodoris elisabethina

Verconia simplex

Thuridilla carlsoni

Chromodoris elisabethina