Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Species List: Nudi Ledge, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 03-10-2014

31 species sighted at Nudi Ledge, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.

Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 85 minute and 1 x 73 minute dives in water depths of 14m to 17m. 12m viz, 21C water temp, some surge.

We enjoyed almost perfect surface conditions with no current however the swell whilst appearing deceptively small during our trip out betrayed its presence by breaking upon the shallower parts of Currimundi Reef referred to as Raper Shoal. It had no significant effect upon our search but was just enough to make composition of subjects a little difficult at times. The two new species of Hermaea - sp. 6 and sp. 7 on our list are delightful finds.

Number of each species sighted: 1st dive/2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count
Bornella anguilla 2/1
Cadlinella ornatissima 1/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 3/4
Costasiella kuroshimae 3/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 3/2
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 18/18
Elysia maoria 1/1
Elysia sp. 5 2/-
Glossodoris rufomarginata -/1
Glossodoris vespa  2/1
Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus -/1
Goniobranchus kuniei -/1
Hermaea sp. 6 -/2 (New species)
Hermaea sp. 7 -/2 (New species)
Hypselodoris bullockii 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/1
Hypselodoris obscura  1/4
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/1
Lobiger souverbii 1/-
Oxynoe viridis 3/1
Phyllidia ocellata 3/2
Phyllidia varicosa -/2
Phyllidiella lizae -/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 8/3
Protaeolidiella juliae -/2
Pteraeolidia ianthina 1/-
Runcina sp. 5
Sagaminopteron ornatum 13/14
Tambja tenuilineata 2/-
Trapania vitta 1/-
Tylodina corticalis  -/2


Hypselodoris obscura

Sagaminopteron ornatum - a gaggle

Glossodoris vespa

Lobiger souverbii

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Phyllidia varicosa

Bornella anguilla

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllidia ocellata

Chromodoris kuiteri

Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Goniobranchus kuniei

Glossodoris rufomarginata 
- note brown speckling on dorsum

Hermaea sp. 7 (New species)

Hermaea sp. 6 (New species)

Surface conditions - swell breaking 
on Raper Shoal

Cadlinella ornatissima

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Elysia sp. 5

Tambja tenuilineata

Costasiella kuroshimae

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Terry spots a subject. Notice the sandy substrate 
where the reef ledge drops away.

Hypselodoris bullockii

Oxynoe viridis

Elysia maoria

Protaeolidiella juliae

Tylodina corticalis

Runcina sp. 5

Trapania vitta