Friday, November 8, 2019

Species List: 07-11-2019, Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

35 species sighted at Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, 07-11-2019.

A single afternoon shore entry dive by Gary, Chris, Brenton and Harvey of 179 minutes. Maximum depth 7.0 m, 24 C water temperature and up to 4 m viz.

Get in while the going is good and so we went. Warm afternoon and warm water gave us some interesting nudibranchs. The substrate has been growing two species of seaweed, Padina fraseri and Sargassum. These weeds are beginning to fill the area. A Siphopteron which looks different from any we have found before right after descending. Turning over rocks was very productive. Gymnodoris amakusana were in the largest numbers I can remember. And before we got out there was a big Trapania euryeia waiting for us.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Abronica purpureoanulata -3
Anteaeolidiella ireneae -2
Cratena lineata -2
Doto sp. 5 -1
Facelina sp. 7 -1
Facelina sp. 12 -1
Facelina bourailli -1
Flabellina exoptata -1
Flabellina lotos -2
Goniobranchus collingwoodi -2
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus sp. 6 -2
Goniobranchus splendidus -3
* Goniodoridella savignyi -28
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -18
Gymnodoris amakusana -10
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -6
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 22 -3
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Hypselodoris roo -1
Hypselodoris whitei -3
Philinopsis falciphallus -1
Polycera sp. 1  -7
Pteraeolidia semperi -9
Siphopteron sp. 5 -1 NEW SPECIES
Tenellia sibogae -8
Tenellia sp. 20 -1
Tenellia sp. 29 -1
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1
Trapania brunnea -1
Trapania euryeia -1
Unidentia sp. 4 -1
Unidentia sp. 9 -5

Afternoon entry

Team Ready

Siphopteron sp. 5  NEW SPECIES

Goniodoridella sp. 1


Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Goniobranchus daphne

Doto sp. 5

Polycera sp. 1 - four animals

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Abronica purpureoanulata

Facelina sp. 7

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Polycera sp. 1 - three animals


Anteaeolidiella ireneae pair


Gymnodoris amakusana

Trapania brunnea

Hypselodoris roo

Gymnodoris sp. 22

Tenellia sp. 20

Pteraeolidia semperi

Hypselodoris obscura

Unidentia sp. 9

Flabellina lotos

Hypselodoris white

Goniobranchus sp. 6

Facelina bourailli

Tenellia sp. 29

Goniobranchus decorus

Goniobranchus decorus and Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Tenellia sibogae

Goniobranchus sp. 6

Cratena lineata

Goniobranchus splendidus

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Tornatina sp. 1 shell

Unidentia sp. 9

Flatworm fav

Flabellina exoptata circled

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Hypselodoris whitei pair

Philinopsis falciphallus

Unidentia sp. 4