Monday, December 19, 2016

Species List: 18-12-2016, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

23 Species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland,18-12-2016

Gary, Terry, & Julie on this single shore entry dive of 138 minutes. Maximum depth 6.5 m, 25 C water temperature and up to 3 m viz.

Starting up river at the tree we started the search. 2 other dive teams were in the water as well. Finding Godiva, Lomanotus and Plakobranchus are always a treat! There was a Pteraeolidia in the area of the 2 Godivas that showed signed of being eaten bit by bit. Good eyes Julie finding the Myja.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -3
Discodoris sp. 1 -1
Facelina sp. 11 -1
Godiva quadricolor -5
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -29
Goniobranchus decorus -5
Goniobranchus reticulatus -1
Goniobranchus splendidus –1
Goniobranchus verrieri -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -18
Gymnodoris sp. 9 – 1
Hypselodoris obscura -25
Lomanotus sp. 5 -1
Myja longicornis –1
Okenia liklik –1
Petalifera sp. 1 -1
Philinopsis falciphallus -3
Plakobranchus sp. 1 –2
Pteraeolidia semperi -6
Trinchesia sibogae -14
Verconia simplex -2

The substrate

Goniobranchus decorus

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Facelina sp. 11

Julie at work

Verconia simplex

Godiva quadricolor

Godiva quadricolor

Trinchesia sibogae mating

Trinchesia sibogae mating

Goniodoridella savignyi

Hypselodoris obscura

Discodoris sp. 1  (bottom small orange critter)

Pteraeolidia semperi

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Philinopsis falciphallus

Goniobranchus daphne with pale rhinophores and gills

Hypselodoris obscura juveniles

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Goniobranchus verrieri

Plakobranchus sp. 1

Petalifera sp. 1

Lomanotus sp. 5

Petalifera sp. 1

Godiva quadricolor

Godiva quadricolor

Trinchesia sibogae

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Myja longicornis

Trinchesia sibogae