Friday, September 2, 2016

Species List: 01-09-2016, Nudi Ledge, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

39 species sighted at Nudi Ledge, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 01-09-2016

Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 90 minute and 1 x 81 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 17 m. 15 m viz, 20 C water temp and no surge.

With this visit to Nudi Ledge we have completed the recent round of diving the "Nudi" sites. A great range of species were out feeding including some that we only rarely sight. We have decided to separate what until now we have been calling a form of Gonibranchus reticulatus. At this stage we base the distinction, apart from a difference in the mantle surface appearance, mainly upon the particular type of sponge that we always seem to find it feeding upon but which other relatives do not. It will be called Goniobranchus sp. 4 in our list.

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

Ardeadoris averni 1/-
Ardeadoris angustolutea -/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 7/8
Berthella martensi 1/-
Bornella anguilla 5/1
Bulbaeolidia alba 1/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Chromodoris lochi 2/-
Chromodoris sp. 3  5/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus -/3
Diversidoris flava -/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 59/22
Eubranchus sp. 3 1/-
Glossodoris vespa 2/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 4/13
Goniobranchus sp. 4 -/1 (New species)
Hexabranchus sanguineus -/4
Hypselodoris bullockii 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 29/7
Hypselodoris obscura 3/1
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 2/-
Hypselodoris sp. 3  1/-
Miamira sinuata 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidiella lizae -2/3
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/1
Phyllidiopsis burni 1/-
Phyllodesmium colemani -/1
Pleurolidia juliae 6/2
Pteraeolidia semperi 1/-
Roboastra luteolineata -/2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 7/9
Tambja tenuilineata 2/6
Thuridilla carlsoni 1/-
Tritoniopsis alba -/1
Verconia romeri 1/-
Verconia simplex 2/-
Verconia sp. 2  -/1

Bulbaeolidia alba

Eubranchus sp. 3

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Verconia romeri

Chromodoris kuiteri

Dermatobranchus oculus

Tambja tenuilineata

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Diversidoris flava


Glossodoris vespa

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Thuridilla carlsoni

Chromodoris sp. 3 

Chromodoris lochi

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Pleurolidia juliae 

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniobranchus sp. 4 - New species -
Note food source

Tritoniopsis alba 

Phyllodesmium colemani

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Searching the substrate

Berthella martensi

Hypselodoris bullockii

Bornella anguilla - eating a different hydroid
to the usual

Verconia simplex

Ardeadoris angustolutea

Roboastra luteolineata