Thursday, May 14, 2020

Species List: 14-05-2020, Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

16 species sighted at Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 14-05-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Tracey and Sheryl of 200 minutes. Maximum depth 4.7 m, 22 C water temperature and up to 6 m viz.

Another autumn day winter coming. The vis has improved since yesterday by a couple of meters. A Blue-ringed octopus has found today and is believed to be the second record for the Coast and River. Unidentia species are still most common, while Dotos are building their numbers.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -1
Cratena lineata -13
Doto sp. 3 -18
Flabellina lotos -4
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -11
Haminoea sp. 17 shell -2
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Liloa brevis shell -8
Myja sp. 1 -3
Retusa sp. 5 shell -4
Retusa sp. 6 shell -1
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -1
Tenellia sp. 47 -1
* Unidentia sp. 1 -41
Unidentia sp. 2 -3
Unidentia sp. 11 -4

Entry

Ready

Unidentia sp. 1

Doto sp. 3

Liloa brevis

Retusa sp. 6

Searching

Substrate

Retusa sp. 5

Haminoea sp. 17

Substrate

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Cratena lineata 

Cratena lineata 

Unidentia sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina lotos 

Atys semistriatus

Unidentia sp. 1 left Unidentia sp. 11 right

Unidentia sp. 11

Myja sp. 1 

Myja sp. 1 food source

Myja sp. 1 pair

Tenellia sp. 47

Tenellia sp. 47

Blue-ringed octopus

Liloa brevis

Hypselodoris obscura

Unidentia sp. 11

Unidentia sp. 2

Blue-ringed octopus!

Doto sp. 3

Doto sp. 3

Doto sp. 3

Doto sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 2

Cratena lineata 

Unidentia sp. 1

Haminoea sp. 17

Doto sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 1

Roxaniella leucampyx 

Flabellina lotos