Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Species List: 05-10-2020, Rotunda up river, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

 26 species sighted at Rotunda up river, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 05-10-2020.

A single shore entry dive Gary, Fran and Nevar of 159 minutes. Maximum depth 5.2 m, 22 C water temperature, 8+ m viz.

The final day of holidays and the river looks amazing. It was cut short due to an unknown hiccup. But before that 2 new species were recorded within 15 minutes! 'Mnestia' granosa (confirmed by an excited Bob Burn) from under a rock with its unusual shell markings, one I have never seen. Also from under another rock Kaloplocamus sp. 3 was recorded. New species = Great dive!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -1
Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Costasiella kuroshimae -2
Cratena lineata -6
Elysia sp. 11 -1
Flabellina lotos -6
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniobranchus decorus -3
Goniodoridella savignyi -27
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -43
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Kaloplocamus sp. 3 -1 NEW SPECIES
Knoutsodonta maugeansis -many young
Limacia ornata -2
Placida kevinleei -1
Pleurobranchus peronii -1
Polycera sp. 1 -4
Retusa amphizosta shell -1
'Mnestia' granosa shell -1 NEW SPECIES
Tenellia sp. 23 -1
Tenellia sp. 24 -1
Tenellia sp. 66 -2
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -20
Unidentia sp. 2 -13
Unidentia sp. 3 -10
Unidentia sp. 4 -2

Entry....beautiful.

Clear water drift

Substrate

'Mnestia' granosa shell  NEW SPECIES

Unidentia sp. 1

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Flabellina lotos

Cratena lineata feeding

Polycera sp. 1 pair

Goniodoridella savignyi

Limacia ornata

Limacia ornata

Limacia ornata

Limacia ornata

Tenellia sp. 66

Tenellia sp. 66

Searching

Look up!

Substrate

Thuridilla carlsoni

Hypselodoris obscura feeding

Elysia sp. 11

Unidentia sp. 4

Substrate

Placida kevinleei

Unidentia sp. 3

Atys semistriatus

Flatworm

Pleurobranchus peronii

Hypselodoris obscura and spawn

Pleurobranchus peronii

More searching

Polycera sp. 1 pair

Cratena lineata

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Kaloplocamus sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

'Mnestia' granosa shell  NEW SPECIES

Bulbaeolidia alba

Elysia sp. 11

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Tenellia sp. 24

Tenellia sp. 23

Costasiella kuroshimae