Sunday, September 13, 2020

Species List: 12-09-2020, Fish Cage to Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

28 species sighted at Fish Cage to Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 12-09-2020.

A single shore entry dive Gary and David with Tracey of 200 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 20 C water temperature, 1-2 m viz. 

With a large swell and 30 kts winds off shore the river looked nice and flat. The edges looked a bit murky. Upon descending the water was very dirty sometimes maybe 2 m viz. David come down on top me and now we know where each other is! I noticed the bottom was heavily laden with silt and number of Nudibranch was quite low. We started at Fish Cage and decided to keep going to the stairs at Rotunda. All in all this was a great dive. Another new Niparaya was recorded. Exciting was the recording of Hypselodoris emma and Plocamopherus tilesii.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Colinatys sp. 1 -1
Cratena lineata -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -2
Flabellina lotos -7
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -3
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -20
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -1
Hypselodoris emma -1
Hypselodoris obscura -5
Liloa brevis shell -1
Niparaya sp. 4 -2
Niparaya sp. 18 -1 NEW SPECIES
Pleurobranchus peronii -3
Plocamopherus tilesii -1
Polycera sp. 1 -1
Pruvotfolia sp. 1 -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -1
Rostanga sp. 1 -1
Tenellia sp. 23 -2
Tenellia sp. 32 -1
Trapania brunnea -7!
Unidentia sp. 1 -15
Unidentia sp. 2 -3
Unidentia sp. 3 -6
Unidentia sp. 5 -1

Entry

Yep ready

Come on down

Substrate

Substrate

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Pleurobranchus peronii

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura pooping

Hypselodoris obscura

Unidentia sp. 2

Unidentia sp. 2

Unidentia sp. 2

Cratena lineata - the only one I saw!

Goniodoridella savignyi

Flabellina lotos

Tenellia sp. 23

Substrate - High Rise

Niparaya sp. 4

Flabellina lotos

Unidentia sp. 1

Niparaya sp. 18  NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 18  NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 18  NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 18  NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 18  NEW SPECIES

Flatworm

Retusa amphizosta

My friend

Plocamopherus tilesii

Plocamopherus tilesii

In the muck of it

Colinatys sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 6 

Eubranchus sp. 10

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Goniobranchus decorus

Goniobranchus daphne

Pruvotfolia sp. 1 and Goniobranchus decorus

Hypselodoris emma

Trapania brunnea

Goniobranchus daphne

Unknown

Tenellia sp. 32

Bulbaeolidia alba

Rostanga sp. 1 

Liloa brevis

Polycera sp. 1