Thursday, May 29, 2014

Species List: JJ'S, off Caloundra Headland, Sunshine Coast, 28-05-2014

30 species sighted at JJ's, off Caloundra Headland (Wickham Point), Sunshine Coast.

Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 115 minute and 1 x 80 minute dives in water depths of 5m to 9m. 10m viz, 22C water temperature and surge in the shallower sections.

This is a shallow site located between Caloundra Headland and Brays Rock that Terry & Julie have not dived for several years. Species count and populations are up on our last few trips and we were kept busy recording all the sightings. Overall the terrain is fairly flat with a number of small ledges stepping down to 9m. We swam a little to the west for the second dive which was shallower and the sightings dropped more due to the increased effect of the surge than anything else. Among all of the usual suspects are a couple that we don't sight too often.

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

Ardeadoris aff. averni 1/-
Bornella anguilla 1/1
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 4/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 1/-
Dermatobranchus rodmani 2/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 13/4
Facelina sp. 3 1/-
Flabellina sp. 1 1/1
Glossodoris vespa 1/-
Goniobranchus geometricus 3/-
* Goniobranchus splendidus 16/12
Gymnodoris alba 1/-
Gymnodoris sp. 7 -/1
Hoplodoris nodulosa -/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni -/1
Hypselodoris obscura 14/9
Hypselodoris zephyra -/1
Jorunna sp. 3 -/1
Marionia cyanobranchiata -/1
Mexichromis festiva 1/2
Mexichromis trilineata 3/1
Phyllidia ocellata 1/-
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 5/1
Phyllodesmium macphersonae -/1
Pteraeolidia ianthina 12/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/1
Trinchesia sibogae 4/1
Tritoniopsis alba 5/1

Surface conditions

Bornella anguilla

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Phyllidia picta

Hypselodoris obscura

Pteraeolidia ianthina 

Goniobranchus splendidus

Phyllidia ocellata

Tritoniopsis alba

Goniobranchus geometricus

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Hypselodoris zephyra

Trinchesia sibogae

Mexichromis festiva and 
Phyllodesmium macphersonae


Facelina sp. 3 

Flabellina sp. 1

Glossodoris vespa

Mexichromis trilineata

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Ardeadoris aff. averni

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Marionia cyanobranchiata

Hoplodoris nodulosa

Gymnodoris sp. 7

Sagaminopteron ornatum