Saturday, February 8, 2020

Species List: 08-02-2020, Fish Cage La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

24 species sighted at Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 08-02-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Fran and Nevar of 185 minutes. Maximum depth 6.5 m, 26 C water temperature and up to 3+ m viz.

After a week of rain the intrepid dive team made its way down to the river to take a chance. Upon reaching the bottom we were surprised with 3-4 m viz. A new species 2 mm Goniodoridella sp. 9, complete with a "spikey" body unlike anything we have seen before. A beautiful pink Favorinus japonicus was found from under a rock and is a new record for the river. Another great adventure for sure!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Cratena lineata -16
Doto sp. 6 -4
Facelina sp. 3 -21
Favorinus japonicus -1 NEW SPECIES FOR RIVER
Flabellina lotos -30
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -1
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -31
Goniodoridella sp. 9 -1 NEW SPECIES
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 22 -2
Hypselodoris obscura -24
Hypselodoris zephyra  -1
Onchidoris maugeansis -1
Sakuraeolis nungunoides -1
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Trapania aurata -1
Trapania vitta -2
Unidentia sp. 3 -1
Unidentia sp. 9 -1
Unknown juvenile dorid -1

Entry

Ready to go

Substrate

Facelina sp. 3

Hypselodoris obscura 

Flabellina lotos 

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Trapania aurata

Goniodoridella sp. 1 pair

Cratena lineata

Cratena lineata

Trapania vitta

Gymnodoris sp. 22

Thuridilla carlsoni

Substrate

Hypselodoris zephyra

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus geometricus

Doto sp. 6

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Unknown juvenile dorid 

Substrate

Cratena lineata

Unidentia sp. 9

Unidentia sp. 3

Bulbaeolidia alba

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Goniodoridella sp. 9  NEW SPECIES 

 Goniodoridella sp. 9  NEW SPECIES 

Favorinus japonicus  NEW SPECIES FOR RIVER

Onchidoris maugeansis

Goniodoridella sp. 9  NEW SPECIES 

Goniodoridella sp. 9  NEW SPECIES 

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniodoridella savignyi