Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Species List: 13-04-2021, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

 25 species sighted at Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 13-04-2021.

A single solo shore entry dive with Gary of 252 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 24 C water temperature, up to 4 m viz.

After rain runoff and swell we had some sun and finally the river is dive-able again. Lophodoris sp. 1 was a nice find as well as what I think is Carminodoris grandiflora NEW SPECIES. Unidentia sp. 1 were out in force! Phyllodesmium opalescens with egg mass was another nice find.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Carminodoris grandiflora -1 NEW SPECIES
Costasiella sp. 1 -1
Cratena lineata -5
Diacavolinia longirostris shell -1
Elysia sp. 11 -2
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Facelina bourailli -1
Facelina sp. 10 -2
Flabellina lotos -50+
Goniobranchus daphne -6
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -22
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -2
Gymnodoris sp. 27 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Knoutsodonta maugeansis -many young
Liloa brevis shell -3
Lophodoris sp. 1 -1
Philinopsis falciphallus -1
Phyllodesmium opalescens -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -1
Tenellia sibogae -2
Tenellia sp. 23 -4
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1
* Unidentia sp. 1 -100+

Early entry

Surface

Substrate beginning

Fish Cage



Goniobranchus daphne

Unidentia sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 1

Flabellina lotos

Unidentia sp. 1 x4

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Phyllodesmium opalescens with eggs

Phyllodesmium opalescens

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Substrate

Facelina bourailli

Flabellina lotos

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1 x2

Liloa brevis

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Liloa brevis

Goniodoridella savignyi

Philinopsis falciphallus

Hypselodoris obscura

Cratena lineata

Tenellia sp. 23

Flabellina lotos

Facelina sp. 10

Substrate

Eubranchus sp. 10 x2

Flatworm I have not seen before

Goniobranchus daphne

Substrate

Diacavolinia longirostris

Tornatina sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi

Tenellia sibogae

Gymnodoris sp. 27

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Elysia sp. 11

Carminodoris grandiflora  NEW SPECIES

Carminodoris grandiflora  NEW SPECIES

Lophodoris sp. 1

Costasiella sp. 1


Monday, April 12, 2021

Species List: 11-04-2021, Coles Hole, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Qld.

17 species sighted at Coles Hole, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Qld. 11-04-2021.

A double boat entry dive outing with Gary, David and friends of a 41 and 45 minutes dives. Maximum depth 20.8 m, 26 C water temperature, 15+ m viz with a fresh water layer at the surface. It was great to see Hypselodoris sp. 9, Tylodina corticalis, Okenia hallucigenia and Verconia decussata again.

Nudibranch Day with Sunreef was not going to be denied with perfect sunny weather and very little swell. There was a fresh water layer on top and clear low light water at the bottom. 

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Aegires citrinus -1
Bulbaeolidia alba -1
* Chromodoris elisabethina -10
Chromodoris kuiteri -1
Chromodoris lochi -1
Doriprismatica atromarginata -1
Hexabranchus sanguineus -many young
Hypselodoris sp. 9 -1
Mexichromis trilineata -1
Okenia hallucigenia -1
Phyllidia elegans -1
Phyllidia ocellata -2
Phyllidia vericosa -1
Phyllidiella pustulosa -3
Tritoniopsis elegans -2
Tylodina corticalis -1
Verconia decussata -1

The Team

Our ride

Making ready

Substrate

Ready to go

Substrate

Cowrie

Dancing Elisha

Go David!

Chromodoris elisabethina

Phyllidia ocellata

Verconia decussata

Chromodoris elisabethina

Tylodina corticalis

Hypselodoris sp. 9

Surface

Chromodoris lochi

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Okenia hallucigenia

Chromodoris elisabethina mating

Flatworms

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Bulbaeolidia alba

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Phyllidia elegans

Hummmm...

Verconia decussata

Hypselodoris sp. 9

Chromodoris kuiteri

Okenia hallucigenia

Phyllidia vericosa