Saturday, December 10, 2016

Species List: 09-12-2016, Kings Beach Boat Ramp, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

18 Species sighted at Kings Beach Boat Ramp, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 09-12-2016

Terry, Julie and Gary on this single shore entry dive of 116 minutes. Maximum depth 3.5 m, 24 C water temperature and up to 3 m viz.

A criusey afternoon shore dive. With near perfect surface conditions we were met with surge at the bottom making photography challenging. Along with the surge the Asparagopsis algae was also making the critter finds hard. You can't judge a book by its cover!

Number of each species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Carminodoris nodulosa -1
Dermatobranchus oculus -2
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus -1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata -10
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus splendidus -1
Gymnodoris alba -3
Gymnodoris sp. 7 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -1 30 mm
Hypselodoris obscura -2
Hypselodoris sagamiensis -1
Hypselodoris whitei -1
Marionia cyanobranchiata -1
Mexichromis festiva -2
Rostanga arbutus -1
Spurilla braziliana -1
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Tritoniopsis alba -5

Surface conditions and entry point

Rostanga arbutus

Rostanga arbutus with egg mass

Dermatobranchus oculus

Marionia cyanobranchiata and egg mass

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Julie and the substrate

Mexichromis festiva

Doriprismatica atromarginata pair

Tritoniopsis alba pair

Hypselodoris whitei

Carminodoris nodulosa

Gymnodoris alba

Goniobranchus decorus

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Gymnodoris sp. 7

Gymnodoris alba

Flatworm - Pseudoceros imitatus