Sunday, September 27, 2020

Species List: 26-09-2020, Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

 29 species sighted at Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 26-09-2020.

A single shore entry dive Gary, Tracey and Harvey of 243 minutes. Maximum depth 5.4m, 22 C water temperature, 8+ m viz.

Yet again the weekend is here and with a 1.6 m tidal flow we wondered what we'd find...yes practically no current during the whole dive, magic! Great to find several Polycera sp. 1, Philinopsis pilsbryi, Gymnodoris amakusana, Goniobranchus albonares and a juvenile Hypselodoris zephyra.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -2
Eubranchus sp. 3 -1
Flabellina lotos -6
Goniobranchus albonares -1
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -23
Gymnodoris amakusana -1
Gymnodoris sp. 19 -1
Haminoea sp. 19 shell -1
Hypselodoris obscura -8
Hypselodoris zephyra -1
Knoutsodonta maugeansis -many young
Liloa brevis shell -4
Liloa sp. 3 shell -1
Niparaya sp. 4 -1
Philinopsis pilsbryi -1
Pleurobranchus peronii -3
Polycera sp. 1 -8
Retusa amphizosta shell -6
Tenellia sp. 23 -7
Tenellia sp. 24 -1
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -10
Unidentia sp. 2 -5
Unidentia sp. 3 -15
Unidentia sp. 4 -1
Unidentia sp. 9 -4 

Entry

east to go.

Hypselodoris obscura

Tenellia sp. 23

Unidentia sp. 2

Goniobranchus daphne

After about a week

After a little rub

Unidentia sp. 2

Searching

Polycera sp. 1 x2

Polycera sp. 1 x2

Unidentia sp. 2

Hypselodoris obscura

Substrate

Liloa sp. 3

Retusa amphizosta

Tornatina sp. 1 

Substrate

Substrate

Flabellina lotos 

Polycera sp. 1 x3

Retusa amphizosta

Hypselodoris obscura gills



Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi

Unidentia sp. 3

Hypselodoris obscura mating pair

Eubranchus sp. 3 

Flabellina lotos

Unidentia sp. 9

What the...

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Channel marker from bottom

Knoutsodonta maugeansis many young

Unidentia sp. 2

Unidentia sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Night mission on

Pleurobranchus peronii 

Upon surfacing we saw...

Tornatina sp. 1 

Pleurobranchus peronii

Hypselodoris zephyra

Goniobranchus albonares

Niparaya sp. 4

Tenellia sp. 23

Haminoea sp. 19

Niparaya sp. 4

Bulbaeolidia alba 

Philinopsis pilsbryi

Gymnodoris sp. 19

Pleurobranchus peronii

Goniobranchus decorus 

Pleurobranchus peronii

Philinopsis pilsbryi 

Philinopsis pilsbryi 

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Gymnodoris amakusana

Gymnodoris sp. 19