Friday, December 16, 2016

Species List: 11-12-2016, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

33 Species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 11-12-2016

Julie, Terry, Gary, Elliot & David on this single shore entry dive of 144 minutes. Maximum depth 5.8 m, 23 C water temperature and up to 3 m viz.

Being a Sunday at the start of the school holidays we took the opportunity to dive the early morning high tide before the park became overrun with visitors. The overall species count is probably our highest yet for a river dive covering a broad spectrum of sea slug forms. One new species was added to our list that we have designated Cratena sp. 3, an aeolid of curious appearance having an unusual combination of features. We note that there was not a single Flabellina angelvaldesi to be seen - strange, given their ubiquitous presence here over the past three years.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Berthellina citrina -1
Bulbaeolidia alba -2
Cratena sp. 3 -1 New Species
Dendrodoris nigra -1
Dermatobranchus oculus -1
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -8
Discodoris lilacina -1
Discodoris sp. 1 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -10
Goniobranchus collingwoodi -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -27
Goniobranchus decorus -3
Goniobranchus splendidus -2
Goniobranchus verrieri -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -3
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Goniodoridella sp. 5 -1
Gymnodoris amakusanum -4
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -5
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -3
Madrella ferruginosa -1
Philinopsis falciphallus -1
Philinopsis gardineri -1
Philinopsis lineolata -1
Phyllodesmium opalescens -5
Phyllodesmium poindimiei -3
Pteraeolidia semperi -7
Trinchesia puellula -1
Trinchesia sp. 23 -1
Trinchesia sp. 29 -3
Trinchesia sp. 30 -1
Verconia simplex -3

Phyllodesmium opalescens

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Verconia simplex

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Trinchesia sp. 29

Madrella ferruginosa

Philinopsis lineolata

Dendrodoris nigra


Bulbaeolidia alba

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Gymnodoris amakusanum

Trinchesia sp. 30

Cratena sp. 3 - New Species

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Hypselodoris obscura

Discodoris sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne 

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniobranchus verrieri 

Goniobranchus decorus

Goniodoridella savignyi

Berthellina citrina

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Trinchesia puellula 

Phyllodesmium poindimiei

Discodoris lilacina