Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Species List: 20-12-2016, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

13 Species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland,20-12-2016

Gary solo on this single shore entry dive of 139 minutes. Maximum depth 6.8 m, 25 C water temperature and up to 5 m viz.

Today I thought I would devote more time on the upper and lower sand flats with gazes on the surrounding rocks and features.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -4
Flabellina sp. 4 -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -12
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus reticulatus -3
Goniodoridella savignyi -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -2
Hypselodoris obscura -9
Philinopsis falciphallus -2
Philinopsis lineolata -1
Phyllodesmium poindimiei -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -9
Trinchesia sibogae -3

The gear up area

Goniobranchus decorus

The substrate

Goniobranchus daphne

An Ovulid in its food source

Substrate feature

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Pteraeolidia semperi

Little knoll where Flabellina sp. 4 was found near the top

Flabellina sp. 4

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi

Philinopsis falciphallus

Phyllodesmium poindimiei

Trinchesia sibogae

Hypselodoris obscura

Trinchesia sibogae

Philinopsis lineolata

Philinopsis lineolata