Sunday, February 21, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 17-02-2016

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

Terry, Gary and David on this single, shore entry dive of 154 minutes. Maximum depth 5.9 m, 26 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

We entered the water at the set of stairs from La Balsa Park that are closest to the river mouth and swam into the incoming tide. This section has a substrate that is more gritty sand than the finer silt found just a short distance back upstream. Fortune smiled yet again upon us as we found two more species new to our list - Aglaja sp. 3 and Plocamopherus pecoso.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Aglaja sp. 3 -1 New species
Bulbaeolidia alba -2
Elysia pusilla -1
Flabellina angelvaldesi -6
Flabellina sp. 1 -1
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Goniodoris sp. 2 -1
Gymnodoris alba -2
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Philinopsis orientalis -1
Plocamopherus pecoso -1  New species
* Pteraeolidia semperi -48
Trinchesia diversicolor -1
Trinchesia sibogae -13
Trinchesia sp. 23  -1

Surface conditions as divers complete final checks.

Hypselodoris obscura

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Trinchesia sibogae

Goniobranchus daphne

Pteraeolidia semperi - white specimen 
lacking symbiotic zooxanthellae

Philinopsis orientalis

Pteraeolidia semperi - head shot

Trinchesia diversicolor

Aglaja sp. 3 - New species - in situ

Aglaja sp. 3 - New species

Goniodoris sp. 2

Flabellina sp. 1

Trinchesia sp. 23

Gymnodoris alba

Bulbaeolidia alba

Plocamopherus pecoso - New species