Monday, February 10, 2020

Species List: 09-02-2020, Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

23 species sighted at Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 09-02-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Fran and Nevar of 200 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 26 C water temperature and up to 3+ m viz.

Another Sunday morning dive, rainy and overcast so off we went!. It was night when we reached the bottom, but despite that some interesting nudibranchs were recorded. I released a Phyllidiella pustulosa into the river 13 days ago and Fran found it! Another new species for the river. Two species of Trapania were also found. A nice challenging dive for sure.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata -14
Elysia sp. 11 -1
Facelina sp. 11 -10
Flabellina lotos -10
Goniobranchus verrieri -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -12
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -2
Gymnodoris sp. 22 -1
Hypselodoris jacksoni -2
* Hypselodoris obscura -20
Liloa brevis shell -1
Phyllidiella pustulosa -1 NEW SPECIES FOR RIVER (introduced and found 13 days later)
Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum -1
Pleurobranchus weberi -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -1
Sakuraeolis nungunoides -1
Thuridilla carlsoni -3
Tenellia sp. 32 -1
Tenellia sp. 62 -2
Trapania scurra -2
Trapania sp. 4 -1
Verconia simplex -1

Early entry

Fran a drift

Nevar float-man

Flabellina lotos 

Cratena lineata 

Substrate

Flabellina lotos 

Phyllidiella pustulosa  NEW SPECIES FOR RIVER

Thuridilla carlsoni

Liloa brevis shell

Pleurobranchus weberi 

Trapania sp. 4

Trapania sp. 4

Trapania sp. 4

Trapania sp. 4

Trapania sp. 4

Hypselodoris obscura juvenile

Trapania scurra

Trapania scurra

Tenellia sp. 62

Tenellia sp. 62

Hypselodoris jacksoni 

Substrate got better during the dive

Flabellina lotos sna red lines

Goniobranchus verrieri

Verconia simplex

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum

Gymnodoris sp. 22

Facelina sp. 11

Facelina sp. 11

Tenellia sp. 32

Trapania scurra

Goniodoridella savignyi

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Gymnodoris sp. 10 eating Cratena lineata