Saturday, October 7, 2017

Species List: 05-10-2017, Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

34 species sighted at Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 05-10-2017.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 73 minute and 1 x 68 minute dives in water depths from 15.5 m to 19.5 m. 8 m viz, 22 C water temp and some occasional surge.

We motored out to Clown Reef on the Gneering Shoals via Old Woman Island. The water was green at the island with quite a bit of swell so we went further offshore looking for blue water.  We explored Clown Reef and the terrain to its north and compiled a reasonable list of species. Finds of note include Goniobranchus coi, Halgerda albocristata, Phyllodesmium hyalinum and a Phestilla or I should say a Tenellia that is undescribed and new to our list - Tenellia sp. 45. The flat-topped cerata are characteristic and it matches specimens seen previously by The Team at Milne Bay, in PNG.

Number of each species sighted: 1st dive/2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Aegires flores -/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 4/1
Cadlinella ornatissima -/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 8/5
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/-
Chromodoris sp. 3 1/-
Chromodoris striatella 2/2
Chromodoris strigata 1/-
Cratena simba 1/-
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 17/5
Flabellina bicolor -/1
Glossodoris vespa 2/-
Goniobranchus coi 1/-
Goniobranchus decorus -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 5/3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -/1
Halgerda albocristata -/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus  2/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/2
Hypselodoris maculosa -/1
Hypselodoris obscura 1/2
Mexichromis trilineata 1/2
Phyllidia elegans 1/1
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 2/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/2
Phyllodesmium hyalinum -/1
Roboastra luteolineata 1/-
Tambja tenuilineata 1/-
Tenellia sp. 45 -/1 New species
Thuridilla carlsoni 1/2
Thuridilla splendens 1/2
Verconia decussata 1/-
Verconia simplex 1/1

All aboard

Surface conditions

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Phyllidiella lizae

Chromodoris sp. 3

Goniobranchus splendidus

Chromodoris strigata


Ardeadoris sp. 2 


Goniobranchus coi

Glossodoris vespa

Thuridilla carlsoni

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Mexichromis trilineata - a pair

Phyllodesmium hyalinum

Thuridilla splendens

Phyllidia varicosa

Tenellia sp. 45 - new species

Flabellina bicolor

Cratena simba

Roboastra luteolineata

Halgerda albocristata

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Chromodoris elisabethina with 
Chromodoris striatella

Chromodoris elisabethina

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Dense coral cover

Cadlinella ornatissima

Verconia decussata

Verconia simplex

Tambja tenuilineata

Chromodoris striatella

Chromodoris kuiteri

Goniobranchus decorus

Aegires flores