Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Species List: 14-08-2016 La Balsa, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

12 species sighted at La Balsa, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 14-08-2016.

Just Terry and Julie on this afternoon/night dive of 1 x 98min in water depth to 5.8m, 10m viz and 20 C water temp (but that temp is only what the computer thinks!!).

Although we were hunting for ‘branchs it was nice to see numerous flowery soft corals and other octo-corals returning to this area, suggesting the river is slowly returning to pre-flood health.   We have previously found juvenile and adult Pleurobranchus weberi, but today we finally found a “teenager” which bears traits of both life stages.

Number of each species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Flabellina angelvaldesi -2
Flabellina rubrolineata -2
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus sp.  1 -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1  - 5
Hypselodoris obscura -10
Pleurobranchus peronii -1
Pleurobranchus weberi -3
* Pteraeolidia semperi -22
Trinchesia diversicolor -1
Trinchesia yamasui - 1

 Goniobranchus daphne

 Goniodoridella sp. 1

 Pleurobranchus weberi - adolescent

Pleurobranchus weberi - adult

 Flabellina angelvaldesi?

 Trinchesia diversicolor


Goniobranchus sp.  1