Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Species List: Nudi Ledge, Currimundi, Sunshine Coast, 02-01-2014

40 species found at Nudi Ledge, Currimundi, Sunshine Coast.
Terry, Julie and David on this excursion comprising 1 x 85 minute and 1 x 87 minute dives in water depths of 15m to 18m. 8m viz, 25C water temp and no surge.

In some quarters this might seem a slow start to the New Year - waiting until the 2nd day for an immersion however we timed it perfectly balancing celebration recovery with weather and crowd considerations. The species just seemed to be in abundance and interestingly many different ones compared to the dives here just 2 days previously that would only have been, at most, 30 metres away. A species of Doto was found feeding on hydroids. Its appearance gives us reason to believe it is a new species for our list. The lines on its dorsum seem distinctive. Its also appears to be a little damaged so at first opportunity the search will be on for better specimens.

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

Ardeadoris aff. averni 1/1
Ardeadoris angustolutea 1/-
Ardeadoris averni 3/-
Berthella martensi 1/-
Bornella anguilla 3/2
Chromodoris splendida 2/2
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 8/3
* Dermatobranchus ornatus 5/13
Doriprismatica atromarginata 4/3
Doto sp. 5 1/- (A new species for our records)
Elysia pusilla -/1
Glossodoris vespa 1/1
Goniobranchus albopunctatus 1/-
Goniobranchus collingwoodi 1/-
Goniobranchus daphne -/6
Goniobranchus decorus 1/1
Goniobranchus kuniei -/2
Goniobranchus tinctorius 1/-
Goniobranchus verrieri -/1
Goniodoridella savignyi 1/-
Gymnodoris alba 1/1
Hypselodoris bullockii 2/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/1
Hypselodoris sagamiensis -/1
Jorunna sp. 3 1/2
Nembrotha purpureolineata 1/1
Noumea haliclona 1/1
Phyllidia elegans -/2
Phyllidia ocellata 5/1
Phyllidia picta -/1
Phyllidiella lizae -/3
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/2
Phyllodesmium koehleri 1/-
Phyllodesmium macphersonae -/1
Phyllodesmium magnum 4/1
Pteraeolidia ianthina 1/4
Roboastra luteolineata 4/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 3/1
Tritoniopsis alba 2/3
Tylodina corticalis -/2

Surface conditions

Ardeadoris aff. averni

Ardeadoris averni

Hypselodoris jacksoni


Goniobranchus albopunctatus

Hypselodoris bullockii

Phyllodesmium magnum

Glossodoris vespa

Goniodoridella savignyi

Chromodoris splendida & Goniobranchus tinctorius

Berthella martensi - all three lobes autotomized

Goniobranchus decorus

Bornella anguilla

Phyllidiella lizae

Phyllidia picta

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Phyllidia ocellata 

Goniobranchus daphne

Noumea haliclona

Goniobranchus kuniei

Jorunna sp. 3

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Tritoniopsis alba

Doto sp. 5 - in situ

Doto sp. 5 - appears damaged

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Gymnodoris alba

Phyllidia elegans

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Phyllodesmium koehleri

Roboastra luteolineata

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Phyllodesmium macphersonae

Nembrotha purpureolineata

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Tylodina corticalis