Monday, October 1, 2018

Species List: 30-09-2018, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

21 species sighted at, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 30-09-2018.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Lisa and Sheryl of 139 minutes. Maximum depth 5.6 m, 21 C water temperature and 6 m viz.

With the weather looking a very inclement we went for a dive in the hope of still finding clear water. The current was very minimal and the dive was a cruise. Finding 2 new species is always a treat. Elysia sp. 22 was something out of this world. The green body covered with opaque white specks and parapodia with purple and yellow spots has not been seen before, even Gosliner said the same. Thinking I photographed another Tenellia sp. 23 proved differently when I got home and reviewed the photos. With white tipped cerata and orange and white banded rhinophores another addition to our species list was in order. I drove home very happy!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Cratena lineata -4
Cratena simba -1
Doto sp. 6 -2
Elysia sp. 22 -1 NEW SPECIES
Eubranchus sp. 10 -1
Flabellina rubrolineata -2
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -8
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -14
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -2
Gymnodoris sp. 13 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Mnestia sp. 1 -1
Tenellia sp. 52 -1 NEW SPECIES
Tenellia sp. 24 -7
Tenellia sp. 44 -3
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -3
Unidentia sp. 2 -6

A rainy entry

The girls are ready


Elysia sp. 22  NEW SPECIES

Elysia sp. 22  NEW SPECIES

Tenellia sp. 44

Eubranchus sp. 10

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sp. 24

Hypselodoris obscura

Thuridilla carlsoni

Mnestia sp. 1 

Cratena simba

Unidentia sp. 2

Flabellina rubrolineata

Doto sp. 6

Gymnodoris sp. 13

Goniobranchus daphne mating pair

Fish Cage

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Unidentia sp. 2 

Goniodoridella savignyi

Bulbaeolidia alba 

Tenellia sp. 52  NEW SPECIES

Cratena lineata