Sunday, December 25, 2016

Species List: 24-12-2016 La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

18 Species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 24-12-2016

Gary & David on this single shore entry dive of 143 minutes. Maximum depth 6 m, 26 C water temperature and 2 m viz.

The visibility is still poor being a product of the turbulence outside and the small tides but the water temperature keeps rising. Plenty to see if you take the time to look carefully. Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum was sighted this being only the second time we have seen this species and thus far only in the River.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Atys semistriatus shell -2
Atys sp. 1 shell -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -2
Godiva quadricolor -9
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -15
Goniobranchus decorus -5
Goniobranchus reticulatus -1
Goniobranchus verrieri -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -6
Goniodoridella sp. 5 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Jorunna sp. 3 -1
Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -3
Tenellia sibogae -9 (previously Trinchesia sibogae)
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1

Eubranchus sp. 10 on hydroid host

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Godiva quadricolor

Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum - uncommon

Goniobranchus verrieri - not often
we see the gills displayed

Goniodoridella sp. 5 

Jorunna sp. 3

Surface conditions - looking downstream

Tenellia sibogae

 Goniobranchus daphne

Looking, looking, looking

Atys sp. 1 - Shell only


Goniobranchus decorus

Hypselodoris obscura - mating pair

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Pteraeolidia semperi