Saturday, March 25, 2017

Species List: 19-03-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

11 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 19-03-2017.

Julie, Simon and Terry on this single shore entry dive, of 96 minutes. Maximum depth 5.5 m, 27 C water temperature and up to 2 m viz.

Simon was visiting from Lismore and was keen to see what treasures the river held. Visibility was down due to recent rains. Simon managed to find a Pleurobranchus weberi, which we have not seen for some time. It is good to know that they are still around. Going back through our records, we realise that the water temperatures have been, on average, 2 degrees higher this summer. Our hypothesis is that it is a combination of the higher temperatures and the relatively low rainfall that has resulted in the lower number of species that we are seeing.  

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena simba - 1
Flabellina angelvaldesi - 1
Flabellina rubrolineata - 4
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus - 1
Goniobranchus daphne - 4
*Goniodoridella sp. 1 - 5
Gymnodoris sp. 10 - 1
Hypselodoris obscura - 4
Pleurobranchus weberi - 1
Pteraeolidia semperi - 1
Tenellia sibogae - 2

 Goniodoridella sp. 1

Pleurobranchus weberi

 Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Flabellina rubrolineata