Saturday, June 13, 2020

Species List: 13-06-2020, Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

24 species sighted at Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 13-06-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Fran and Nevar of 185 minutes. Maximum depth 5.2 m, 21 C water temperature up to 6 m viz.

The weekend is upon us and another river dive was in order. The vis has dropped off probably due to a bit of swell outside the river mouth. That did not stop us! Another new species for the river - Polycera melanosticta no. 399. Finding Godiva sp. 1 again was a treat as well...before it disappeared into the substrate. A juvenile Pleurobranchus peronii was also recorded. Always nice to find Costasiella sp. 2 again. Great to see these species with a recovering river. Another great dive!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -1
Atys sp. 8 shell -1
Costasiella sp. 2 -1
Cratena lineata -55
Eubranchus sp. 3 -3
Facelina bourailli -1
Flabellina lotos -69
Godiva sp. 1 -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -4
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -90
Haminoea sp. 17 shell -1
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Liloa brevis shell -4
Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile -1
Polycera melanosticta -1 NEW RECORD FOR RIVER
Retusa sp. 6 shell -1
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -1
Tenellia sp. 24 -3
Tenellia sp. 47 -1
Trapania miltabrancha -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -88
Unidentia sp. 2 -22
Unidentia sp. 3 -15
Unidentia sp. 4 -1

Entry

Getting ready

Unidentia sp. 1 

Unidentia sp. 1 pair

Goniodoridella sp. 1 pair

Unidentia sp. 1

Flabellina lotos 

Substrate

Substrate

Unidentia sp. 1

Substrate - the top of the 'High-rise' tipped over

Unidentia sp. 1

Cratena lineata 

Cratena lineata

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Polycera melanosticta  NEW RECORD FOR RIVER

Polycera melanosticta  NEW RECORD FOR RIVER

Eubranchus sp. 3

Goniodoridella savignyi

Tenellia sp. 24

Unidentia sp. 1

Cratena lineata

Trapania miltabrancha 

Trapania miltabrancha 

Retusa sp. 6

Unidentia sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 4 laying eggs

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina lotos

Goniodoridella savignyi

Eubranchus sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 1 and Unidentia sp. 2

Tenellia sp. 24

Shoot ... Fran!

Nice snail shell

Haminoea sp. 17

Substrate

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Hypselodoris obscura

Godiva sp. 1 

Godiva sp. 1 

Flabellina lotos

Costasiella sp. 2

Costasiella sp. 2

Cratena lineata

Atys semistriatus

Hypselodoris obscura

Tenellia sp. 47

Facelina bourailli

Roxaniella leucampyx