Sunday, January 13, 2019

Species List: 12-01-2019, Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

16 species sighted at Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 12-01-2019.

A single solo shore dive by Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 157 minute dive in water depth up to 5.8 m, up to 3 m viz, 27 C water temp.

Another warm summer day and the river still looks great. Floated up river to the trees and descended. Released the Eubranchus inabai after a couple shots. The mission on this dive was to search the sand and there were some nice species to be found. Another Costasiella sp. 3 but a fairly large one about 6--7 mm. Also found up in the 3 m level was a large Philinopsis speciosa at about 20 mm and very colourful. Another Haminoea sp. 12 was found with it's very long tail which serves as an anchor for the animal to retract if confronted. All in all a very relaxing dive.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -3
Costasiella sp. 3 -1
Cratena lineata -8
Doto sp. 6 -5
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Facelina sp. 11 -2
* Flabellina rubrolineata -18
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -7
Gymnodoris amakusana -2
Haminoea sp. shell -1
Haminoea sp. 12 -1
Hydatina physis shell remnant -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Philinopsis speciosa -1
Retusa sp. 5 shell -3

A summer entry

Eubranchus inabai released - long rhinophores!

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Haminoea sp. 12

Haminoea sp. 12

Philinopsis speciosa

Hypselodoris obscura

Retusa sp. 5 shell

Gymnodoris amakusana


Costasiella sp. 3

Doto sp. 6

Atys semistriatus shell

Goniobranchus daphne

Facelina sp. 11

Cratena lineata

Eubranchus sp. 10

Hypselodoris obscura head down

Flabellina rubrolineata pair

Fish Cage

Cratena lineata pair