Saturday, March 28, 2015

Species List: Shellacey Reef, Gneerings Shoals, Sunshine Coast, 22-03-2015

29 species sighted at Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, Sunshine Coast.

Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 90 minute and 1 x 85 minute dives in water depths of 14m to 18m. 8m viz, 26C water temp, some surge.

Summer diving conditions have not been kind to us this year with almost a 2 month hiatus from offshore diving excursions. Mischief is now back in service out of Mooloolaba and so we took advantage of the promising forecasts to head out to the Gneering Shoals to see what we could find. The wind strength and direction was not as predicted but we managed two excellent dives before heading back. One specimen has us somewhat confused being similar in some respects to both Goniobranchus aureopurpureus and Thorunna perplexa. Identity TBA.

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

Aegires citrinus 1/-
Aegires gardineri -/1
Berthellina citrina -/1
Bulbaeolidia alba 1/1
Chromodoris elisabethina -/4
Dermatobranchus rodmani -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 1/2
Glossodoris vespa -/2
Goniobranchus collingwoodi -/1
Goniobranchus decorus -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/1
Gymnodoris sp. 7 1/-
Hypselodoris aff. maculosa 1/1
Hypselodoris emma 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/-
Hypselodoris maritima 1/-
Hypselodoris sp. 4 -/1
Mexichromis trilineata 1/1
Noumea simplex 1/-
Phyllidia exquisita 3/-
Phyllidia ocellata -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 5/3
Sagaminopteron ornatum -/1
Thorunna daniellae -/1
Thorunna perplexa  1/- To be confirmed
Thuridilla carlsoni 2/2
* Thuridilla splendens 4/6
Trinchesia ornata 4/-

Surface conditions

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Thorunna daniellae

Aegires citrinus

Trinchesia ornata

Hypselodoris emma

Goniobranchus splendidus

Hypselodoris maritima

Gymnodoris sp. 7

Thorunna perplexa - TBA

Noumea simplex

Phyllidia exquisita

Thuridilla carlsoni

Bulbaeolidia alba

Berthellina citrina

Aegires gardineri

Hypselodoris sp. 4

Glossodoris vespa

Chromodoris elisabethina

Hypselodoris aff. maculosa

Thuridilla splendens

Goniobranchus decorus

Sagaminopteron ornatum