Friday, January 31, 2020

Species List: 31-01-2020, Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

17 species sighted at Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 31-01-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and Brenton of 203 minutes. Maximum depth 5.5 m, 28 C water temperature and up to 8m viz.

Another summer dive. 28 C water temp was quite nice. The clarity of the water has improved as well. This site has a thick layer of silt and a lot of food sources seem to be on the way out. The Tenellia species found today have red spots on the cerata vs. black found last week...new species??

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys sp. shell -5
Doto sp. 6 -4
Facelina sp. 11 -6
Flabellina lotos -17
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -19
Haminoea sp. shell -2
Hypselodoris obscura -17
Jorunna parva -1
Lomanotus sp. 5 -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -2
Retusa sp. 5 shell -3
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -1
Tenellia sp. 62 -5 with red spots
Thuridilla carlsoni -2
Tornatina sp. shell -1

A summer entry


Drifting

Substrate

Goniobranchus daphne 

Hypselodoris obscura

Hypselodoris obscura

Substrate

Pteraeolidia semperi

Flabellina lotos 

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Tenellia sp. 62 with red spots

Tenellia sp. 62 with red spots

Tenellia sp. 62 with red spots

Goniobranchus geometricus 

Doto sp. 6

Lomanotus sp. 5

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Thuridilla carlsoni 

Roxaniella leucampyx shell 

Atys sp. and Haminoea sp. shells

Facelina sp. 11

Facelina sp. 11

Flabellina lotos

Tornatina sp. shell

Goniobranchus daphne

Retusa sp. 5 shell

Jorunna parva

Haminoea sp. shell 




Species List: 29-01-2020 Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Many species where found today while helping a film crew. There was no camera on this trip. Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 29-01-2020

During a safety stop on the second dive Hydromyles globulosus 4 mm was seen swimming in mid water right toward me. There were 2 animals. This could be a new record for Queensland.

Nerida Wilson was very excited!

Hydromyles globulosus

Hydromyles globulosus

Hydromyles globulosus

Hydromyles globulosus

Hydromyles globulosus anterior end

Hydromyles globulosus dorsal side

Hydromyles globulosus ventral side

Hydromyles globulosus at rest

Hydromyles globulosus

Monday, January 27, 2020

Species List: 26-01-2020, Fish Cage upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

28 species sighted at Fish Cage upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 26-01-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Fran, Nevar, Jo and David while Tracy and Harvey went down river of 193 minutes. Maximum depth 5.6 m, 26 C water temperature and up to 6m viz.

The long weekend is upon us and it was big, so many people and dogs! The vis has improved as well as the water temp. For this dive 3 new species were recorded. The cryptic Haminoea sp. 15 were out in force, great to see! Plus a new species of Elysia - just when you thought you had seen them all...Unbelievable. Plus a very small Bubble shell with parallel sides proved to be a new species as well confirmed by Bob Burn.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Colpodaspis sp. 1 -1
Cylichnatys campanula shell -1 NEW SPECIES
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -1
Doto sp. 6 -3
Elysia australis -1
Elysia sp. 28 -1 NEW SPECIES
Eubranchus sp. 3 -1
Facelina bourailli -1
Facelina sp. 9 -2
Flabellina lotos -3
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -11
Gymnodoris sp. 25 -1
* Haminoea sp. 15 -11 NEW SPECIES
Hypselodoris obscura -6
Hypselodoris zephyra -1
Julia exquisita -3
Myja sp. 1 -1
Niparaya sp. 13 -2
Philinopsis sp. 5 -2
Philinopsis speciosa -1
Pteraeolidia semperi  -1
Spurilla braziliana -1
Thuridilla carlsoni -2
Trapania aurata  -1
Verconia simplex -1
Unknown juvenile dorid -1

Entry

Drifting

Substrate

Cylichnatys campanula shell  NEW SPECIES

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Snail

Philinopsis sp. 5

Niparaya sp. 13

Niparaya sp. 13

Colpodaspis sp. 1

Gymnodoris sp. 25

Doto sp. 6

Doto sp. 6

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Julia exquisita

Julia exquisita

Julia exquisita

Thuridilla carlsoni

Philinopsis sp. 5

Haminoea sp. 15  NEW SPECIES

Philinopsis speciosa

Haminoea sp. 15  NEW SPECIES pair

Haminoea sp. 15  NEW SPECIES

Elysia sp. 29  NEW SPECIES

Elysia sp. 29  NEW SPECIES

Eubranchus sp. 3

Elysia sp. 30  NEW SPECIES

Substrate

Searching

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura 

Who's looking at me?

Facelina sp. 9 

Facelina sp. 9 

Facelina sp. 9 

Facelina sp. 9 

Spurilla braziliana

Unknown juvenile dorid 

Myja sp. 1

Flabellina lotos

Trapania aurata

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 

Facelina bourailli 

Goniobranchus geometricus

Hypselodoris zephyra

Facelina sp. 9

Pteraeolidia semperi

Verconia simplex 

Flabellina lotos

Facelina sp. 9