Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Species List: Nudi Retreat, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, 27-04-2014

34 species found at Nudi Retreat, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast.
Terry, Julie and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 97 minute and 1 x 89 minute dives in water depths of 14m to 17m. 10m viz, 23C water temp and no surge (and no kelp either).

Having experienced the delights of the Van Dieman's Land waters David was keen to partake once more in the search for sea slugs at the local sites. Julie and Terry took pity upon him and whisked him out (the day after his return) to a site where the slugs are sighted upon the bottom even whilst descending the anchor line. The list below will attest to the variety and quantity observed.

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

Acteocina sp. 1 (shell) 1/-
Ardeadoris aff. averni -/2
Bornella anguilla -/1
Chelidonura inornata -/1
Chromodoris kuiteri -/1
Chromodoris splendida 5/3
Chromodoris striatella 1/1
Dendrodoris denisoni -/1
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 3/3
Dermatobranchus ornatus 3/5
Dermatobranchus semilunus -/1
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus 1/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 1/-
Elysia maoria -/1
Elysia pusilla 1/-
Glossodoris vespa -/2
Goniobranchus daphne -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Goniobranchus tinctorius 3/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris apolegma -/2
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/-
Hypselodoris obscura 2/2
Jorunna parva 1/1
Noumea alboannulata -/1
Noumea simplex 2/-
* Phyllidia ocellata 7/2
Phyllidiella lizae 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/2
Phyllodesmium crypticum -/1
Pteraeolidia ianthina 4/2
Roboastra luteolineata -/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/4
Tritoniopsis alba 1/4

Phyllodesmium crypticum

Dermatobranchus semilunus

Noumea simplex - a pair

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Noumea alboannulata

Ardeadoris aff. averni

Bornella anguilla

A very happy chappy and not just 
with the great surface conditions

Goniobranchus tinctorius

Goniobranchus tinctorius

Dermatobranchus ornatus - juvenile

Phyllidia ocellata

Elysia pusilla - off the Halimeda

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

An autotomized ceras but no owner in sight

Hypselodoris apolegma - the colours are correct 
and the reticulation in the white marginal band 
is just discernible when enlarged

Roboastra luteolineata

Tritoniopsis alba

Chromodoris striatella

Elysia maoria

Goniobranchus daphne

Chromodoris kuiteri

Chelidonura inornata - one of the largest 
specimens we have sighted