Saturday, June 4, 2016

Species List: just north of Drop Off, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 02-06-2016.

30 species sighted at a site just north of Drop Off, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 84 minute and 1 x 67 minute dives in water depths from 13.5 m to 17.5 m. 10 m viz, 22 C water temp and no surge.

The swell was small and little wind was evident but the seas were up and confused from the stronger winds of the past few days. It was intended to dive at the Drop Off but we overshot that site slightly and had to content ourselves with exploring a couple of virgin patches of reef. One species new to our list was found - Dermatobranchus fasciatus, as well as several not-so-common species as revealed in the following list.

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

Ardeadoris sp. 2 4/2
* Atys semistriatus -/8
Bornella anguilla 2/-
Chromodoris elisabethina 3/-
Chromodoris kuteri 2/-
Chromodoris sp. 3 1/-
Chromodoris striatella -/1
Dermatobranchus fasciatus 1/- New species
Dermatobranchus oculus -/1
Dermatobranchus ornatus 5/1
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 5/1
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/-
Glossodoris vespa -/2
Goniobranchus kuniei -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 3/4
Hexabranchus sanguineus 4/2
Hypselodoris apolegma 1/2
Hypselodoris bullockii 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/3
Hypselodoris obscura 1/1
Hypselodoris sagamiensis -/1
Phyllidia ocellata 2/1
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/2
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 1/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 3/-
Tornatina sp. 1 1/-
Verconia simplex -/1

Dermatobranchus fasciatus - New species

Hypselodoris bullockii

Hexabranchus sanguineus - adult

Chromodoris elisabethina

Chromodoris kuteri

Hypselodoris sagamiensis - juvenile

Hypselodoris apolegma

Glossodoris vespa

A drop off that wasn't The Drop Off

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Chromodoris sp. 3

Phyllidia ocellata 

Tornatina sp. 1

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Atys semistriatus - something has 
feasted on Atys

Phyllidiella lizae

Verconia simplex


Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina rubrolineata

Surface conditions

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllodesmium macphersonae

Bornella anguilla

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniobranchus kuniei

Hexabranchus sanguineus - juvenile