Sunday, April 15, 2018

Species List: 14-04-2018, Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

23 species sighted at Clown Reef, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 14-04-2018

Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 78 minute and 1 x 71 minute dives in water depths from 15 m to 19 m. 12 m viz, 25 C water temp and some occasional surge.

After three months of either maintenance, bad weather or other engagements the planets all finally aligned and the good ship More Mischief left harbour taking us out to the Gneering Shoals for a couple of dives. Conditions were nigh on perfect, almost calm seas, only a slight swell, no current and blue water giving us good visibility. Whilst the species count may not up with the last time we were out on Clown Reef, quite a number of rarely sighted sea slugs were found including: Atagema spongiosa, Diversidoris crocea, Diversidoris flava, Halgerda tessellata, Hypselodoris godeffroyana and Phyllidiopsis xishaensis.

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

Atagema spongiosa 1/-
* Chromodoris elisabethina 4/2
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/3
Dermatobranchus rodmani 2/2
Diversidoris crocea -/2
Diversidoris flava 1/-
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 4/2
Facelina bourailli 2/-
Facelina sp. 3 -/1
Flabellina sp. 1 1/-
Halgerda tessellata -/1
Hypselodoris godeffroyana -/1
Hypselodoris maculosa 2/-
Hypselodoris whitei 1/-
Phyllidia exquisita 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/1
Phyllidiopsis xishaensis 1/-
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 2/-
Tenellia sp. 33 1/-
Thorunna daniellae 1/-
Thuridilla carlsoni -/1
Thuridilla splendens 2/1

Substrate - rocky reef covered in growth

Lots of hard & soft coral cover

Chromodoris elisabethina

Tenellia sp. 33

Phyllodesmium macphersonae - a pair

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris maculosa

Phyllidiella lizae

Hypselodoris whitei

Facelina bourailli

Halgerda tessellata

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Facelina sp. 3

Chromodoris kuiteri

Surface conditions

Thuridilla splendens

Diversidoris flava

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Phyllidia exquisita

Atagema spongiosa

Phyllidiopsis xishaensis

Thuridilla carlsoni

Diversidoris crocea

Hypselodoris godeffroyana