Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Species List: Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, Sunshine Coast, 09-12-2013

16 species found at Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, Sunshine Coast.
Terry & David on this excursion on the Beagle consisting of 1 x 75 minute and 1 x 70 minute dives in water depths of 15m to 18m, 8m viz, 24C water temp and considerable surge. The wind arose more than that forecast but provided a following sea for the trip home.

The low number of species sighted, as to be expected, is in direct proportion to the amount of surge. It affects not only the visibility of the sea slugs which are probably down in the crevices but also the efficiency of the observers. The highlight was no doubt the finding of Ardeadoris sp. 1 (previously our Glossodoris sp. 3 on this website).

Number of species: 1st dive/2nd dive
*Species with highest specimen count.

Aegires flores -/1
Ardeadoris sp. 1 1/-
Chelidonura inornata -/2
Chromodoris elisabethina 6/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Chromodoris splendida 2/3
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 6/4
Flabellina bicolor -/1
Glossodoris vespa 1/1
Marionia cyanobranchiata -/1
Phyllidia ocellata 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa 6/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 4/1
Phyllidiopsis burni 1/-
Thuridilla splendens 1/-

Surface conditions - a large bushfire 
burning behind Kawana.

Phyllidia varicosa

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Phyllidia ocellata

Chromodoris elisabethina

Ardeadoris sp. 1

Doriprismatica atromarginata - 
a little slug on a big sponge.

Aegires flores

Marionia cyanobranchiata

Chelidonura inornata

Flabellina bicolor

The substrate

Phyllidiopsis burni

Chromodoris splendida

Chromodoris kuiteri

Glossodoris vespa

Marionia cyanobranchiata - front on head shot

Marionia cyanobranchiata -3/4 headshot

Flabellina bicolor