Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Species List: 28-12-2016, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

21 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 28-12-2016.

Gary, David, Lisa & John on this single shore entry dive of 136 minutes. Maximum depth 7.2 m, 25 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

A morning dive from the steps further-most downstream in the park proper. A couple of not-so-common species sighted. The first sighting for sometime of Flabellina angelvaldesi. We are trying to decide if it is the last of its species here or the first of a possible revival. Time and further dives will tell.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Note: The genus Tenellia has absorbed Trinchesia and Phestilla (among others). Please refer to the revised family description for Fioniidae in the Species List on the website.

Chelidonura fulvipunctata -1
Cratena simba -1
Dermatobranchus funiculus -3
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -15
Flabellina angelvaldesi -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -25
Goniobranchus reticulatus -1
Goniobranchus verrieri -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -7
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -13
Lomanotus sp. 5 -1
Philinopsis falciphallus -4
Philinopsis orientalis -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -7
Tenellia sibogae -3
Tenellia sp. 24 -1
Tenellia sp. 29 -1
Verconia simplex -1

Lomanotus sp. 5 - on hydroid food source

Goniobranchus reticulatus

Tenellia sibogae - stripping off
the hydroid polyps

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Philinopsis falciphallus

Goniobranchus verrieri

Verconia simplex

Chelidonura fulvipunctata

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Tenellia sp. 29

Surface conditions

Goniobranchus daphne


Dermatobranchus funiculus

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Pteraeolidia semperi

Hypselodoris obscura 

Cratena simba

Goniodoridella savignyi

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Philinopsis orientalis

Flabellina angelvaldesi - a final sighting
or a revival?