Sunday, June 27, 2021

Species List: 26-06-2021, Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

 23 species sighted at Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 26-06-2021.

A single shore entry dive with Gary, Sheryl and David of 240 minutes. Fran and Nevar made a presence. Maximum depth 5.0 m, 19/20 C water temperature, up to 6 m viz.

Rain was predicted but hardly fell, we thought get in now before the conditions worsen. Early diving is great, no-one around! Upon dropping onto the bottom the light started getting brighter and the water clarity was quite good. Recording a Cratena pawarshindeorum was a treat for everyone. Three Goniodoridella sp. 8 were recorded as well as three Placida kevinleei. David found a rather large healthy Christmas Tree Hydroid with many egg masses. As I searched the "trees" there were five Myja sp. 1 found. Cratena lineata continues to dominate the substrate. Nice winters dive!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

* Cratena lineata -52
Cratena pawarshindeorum -1
Facelina sp. 10 -1    
Flabellina lotos -30
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniobranchus setoensis -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -23
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -31
Goniodoridella sp. 8 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Haminoea sp. 19 shell -1
Hypselodoris obscura -2
Liloa brevis shell -6
Lophodoris sp. 1 -1
Mnestia sp. 1 shell -1
Myja sp. 1 -5
Placida kevinleei -3
Plocamopherus ceylonicus -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -1
Retusa sp. 1 shell -2
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -1
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -27

Ready

Entry

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina lotos x2

Goniobranchus daphne

Unidentia sp. 1

Searching

Goniodoridella sp. 8

Lophodoris sp. 1

Searching

Placida kevinleei

Unidentia sp. 1

Liloa brevis

 Cratena lineata

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne

Tornatina sp. 1

Substrate

Goniodoridella savignyi

Flabellina lotos

Cratena lineata

Whatchu lookin at?

Cratena lineata

Retusa amphizosta

Liloa brevis

Mnestia sp. 1

Retusa sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 1

Placida kevinleei

Roxaniella leucampyx

Haminoea sp. 19

Flounder

Hypselodoris obscura

Cratena lineata

Cratena lineata

Facelina sp. 10

Flabellina lotos

Cratena pawarshindeorum

Myja sp. 1

Flabellina lotos

Flatworm

Placida kevinleei

Goniodoridella sp. 8

Flatworm

Goniobranchus setoensis

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Plocamopherus ceylonicus

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Myja sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Placida kevinleei

Cratena pawarshindeorum

Cratena pawarshindeorum

Seaching

Substrate

Goniodoridella savignyi

What?

Smile

Placida kevinleei

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Substrate

Substrate