Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Species List: 09-12-2017, Pincushion "Island", Maroochy River, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

1 species was sighted at Pincushion "Island", Maroochy River, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 09-12-2017.

A shallow water find in a tougue of the river with Waye Ellis. Maximum depth 1.5 m, 25 C water temperature and up to 2 m viz.

After receiving a message from Wayne to ID a slug he found in the river I got excited and drove straight to the location where Wayne was waiting, near Twin Waters Resort. A walk down the beach got us to Pincushion. Around the corner to the right of the river mouth was a tongue of water. In that small body of water were many large green egg masses and many large slugs. The sizes ranged from 150-200 mm. A healthy population!

Number of species sighted

Bursatella leachii 50+

Tongue of water where animals were found

A pair of Bursatella leachii

Bursatella leachii

Bursatella leachii

Bursatella leachii

Bursatella leachii

Close-up of Bursatella leachii

Wayne checking out Bursatella leachii

Bursatella leachii

Close-up of Bursatella leachii

Wayne and 3 animals

Egg mass

Egg mass

Egg masses in the shallows

Close-up of eggs

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Species List: 28-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

14 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 28-11-2017.

A single solo shore entry dive by Gary of 128 minutes. Maximum depth 6.6 m, 25 C water temperature and up to 4 m viz.

Went for another dive at toilet block and searched out wide. A couple of interesting finds. The highlight was a Pteraeolidia semperi with a Gymnodoris sp. 10 attacking it. And a micro nudibranch hard to ID.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -5
Goniobranchus daphne -16
Goniodoridella savignyi -4
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -15
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -4
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Pteraeolidia semperi -6
Tenellia sibogae -6
Tenellia sp. 23 -2
Tenellia sp. 29 -1
Tubulophilinopsis gardineri -1
Unidentia angelvaldesi -1

Entry point

Bulbaeolidia alba

Pteraeolidia semperi with a Gymnodoris sp. 10 
attacking it

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne

Substrate

Tenellia sp. 29

Tenellia sp. 23

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Eubranchus sp. 10

Eubranchus sp. 10

Tenellia sibogae

Tenellia sibogae

Goniodoridella savignyi

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Unidentia angelvaldesi

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Hypselodoris obscura

Tenellia sibogae

Tubulophilinopsis gardineri

1-2 mm juvenile unknown species

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Species List: 27-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

17 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 27-11-2017.

A single solo shore entry dive by Gary of 142 minutes. Maximum depth 5.9 m, 25 C water temperature and up to 4 m viz.

It has been a while since I dived Toilet Block and the water looked inviting from shore. The water temp has gone up to 25C summer has arrived. The highlight of this dive was locating a 2 mm Okenia sp. 5 on the side of a boulder. Also found were 3 Goniodoridella sp. 5 animals.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Eubranchus sp. 10 -10
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -2
* Goniobranchus daphne -13
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -12
Goniodoridella sp. 5 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -7
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Okenia sp. 5 -1 NEW SPECIES
Pteraeolidia semperi -8
Spinophallus falciphallus -1
Tenellia sibogae -3
Tenellia sp. 23 -6
Tubulophilinopsis gardineri -1
Tubulophilinopsis lineolata -1
Unidentia angelvaldesi -1

Entry point and clear water

Tenellia sibogae

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Unidentia angelvaldesi

Goniobranchus daphne

Substrate

Eubranchus sp. 10

Eubranchus sp. 10

Substrate

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Pteraeolidia semperi

Pteraeolidia semperi

Tenellia sp. 23

Spinophallus falciphallus

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Okenia sp. 5  NEW SPECIES

Okenia sp. 5 

Okenia sp. 5 

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus daphne

Tenellia sp. 23

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Hypselodoris obscura

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Tubulophilinopsis gardineri

Tubulophilinopsis gardineri

Tubulophilinopsis lineolata anterior end

Tubulophilinopsis lineolata

Tubulophilinopsis lineolata