Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Species List: 03-06-2019, Fish Cage upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

15 species sighted at Fish Cage upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 03-06-2019.

A single solo shore entry dive by Gary of 190 minutes. Maximum depth 5.9 m, 20 C water temperature and up to 10 m viz.

Tick Tock time to dive! With winter, early morning and clear water I decided to go solo. The tidal flow was 1.5m but very slow. A small juvenile Atys semistriatus was a great find. As always Flabellina exoptata and Phyllodesmium undulatum are great finds. The only question that pops up is what I am calling Cratena sp. 6 is actually that species? Similar but different. 7 species of Aeolids...nice. Could not find a single Costasiella animal!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus juvenile -1
Cratena simba -1
Cratena sp. 6 ? -1
Facelina sp. 11 -2
Flabellina exoptata -1
Flabellina lotos -5
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -5
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -34
Hamineoa crocata shell -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Liloa brevis shell -1
Retusa sp. 5 shell -1
Phyllodesmium undulatum -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -2

Early morning entry


Hamineoa crocata shell

Cratena simba

Goniodoridella sp. 1 pair

Retusa sp. 5 shell

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi

Facelina sp. 11


Hypselodoris obscura

Hypselodoris obscura

Liloa brevis shell 

Hypselodoris obscura feeding

Goniodoridella savignyi

Atys semistriatus juvenile

Atys semistriatus juvenile

Cratena sp. 6 ?

Flabellina lotos

Flabellina exoptata

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniodoridella savignyi

Pteraeolidia semperi

Phyllodesmium undulatum