Saturday, September 26, 2015

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 25-09-2015

11 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Julie and David on this single shore entry evening dive of 114 minutes. Maximum depth 6.7 m, 21 C water temperature and 4 m viz.

We entered the water at last light and almost full tide and worked into the remaining current as the deepening gloom was lit by the cones of our dive lights. The Doto and Lomanotus have formed breeding colonies on the hydroids which are covered in spawn. Unidentia angelvaldesi continues to dominate the species count. The pair of large Phyllodesmium opalescens out foraging were an excellent find. They are usually hard to photograph when buried deep in the substrate growth.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Doto sp. 3  -3
Eubranchus sp. 10  -1
Flabellina rubrolineata  -3
Gymnodoris sp. 9   -2
Lomanotus sp. 2  -1
Lomanotus sp. 4  -3
Phidiana bourailli  -2
Phyllodesmium opalescens  -2
Trinchesia cf. yamasui  -3
Trinchesia yamasui  -7
* Unidentia angelvaldesi  -32+

Phyllodesmium opalescens out foraging

Unidentia angelvaldesi

Trinchesia cf. yamasui and Trinchesia yamasui

Eubranchus sp. 10

Lomanotus sp. 4

Lomanotus sp. 2

Doto sp. 3 in situ with eggs

Doto sp. 3

Phidiana bourailli in situ

Phidiana bourailli

Flabellina rubrolineata