AND OTHER MARINE INVERTEBRATES OF THE GOLD COAST SEAWAY, AUSTRALIA.
Although this is not part of the Tweed-Byron coast, when factors such as big seas or flooding in the river rule out diving in my area, the south wall of the Gold Coast Seaway offers some very interesting snorkelling with many species that are not often seen on the Tweed Coast, a few kilometres to the south. Some examples are shown below.
Unfortunately this area is sometimes plundered by collectors who take all the shrimps, anemones, fish and whatever else they can catch, either for their own aquariums or for the trade. This act is bad enough without the destruction that they do in the process, turning over rocks and destroying the habitat. It may or may not be legal, I don't know the rules for this area, but I do know it is extremely short sighted. It will result in this area being totally degraded. There is already enough fishing tackle on the bottom here to start a shop!
MOLLUSCA Trinchesia sp Doto cf racemosa Goniodoridella sp Cymatium pileare Ceratosoma tenue Prionovula brevis Plocamopherus imperialis Chelidonura inornata Protaolidiella juliae Mimachlamys gloriosa Sepia plangon
CNIDARIA Heteractis malu Corallimorpharia Xenia sp? Corallimorpharia? Actiniaria? Corallimorpharia Telmatactis sp Scleractinia Dofleinia armata Scleractinia Solanderia fusca? Palythoa tuberculosa Sertularella diaphana? Alcyonacea Hydroida Alcyonacea Alcyonacea Alcyonacea Species?
CRUSTACEA Majid sp Permanotus purpureus Majid sp Harrovia elegans Oncinopus sp? Ceratocarcinus longimanus Paraxanthias elegans? Thor amboinensis Pilumnid sp Saron marmoratus Viaderiana quadrispinosa Rhynchocinetes serratus Percnon guinote Palaemonid sp Camposcia retusa Periclimenes sp? Dardanus guttatus Palaemonid sp Calcinus sp Synalpheus stimpsoni Ancylocheles gravelei
ECHINODERMATA Prionocidaris callista Crinoid sp Eucidaris metularia Crinoid sp Echinothrix calamaris Crinoid sp Species? Crinoid sp Ophiarachna megacantha Holothuroid sp Species? Neothyonidium magnum? Species? Stichopus horrens? Crinoid sp Pentacta quadrangularis? Crinoid sp Species? Crinoid sp Species? Crinoid sp Species? Crinoid sp Species?
ANNELIDA Eunice sp Sabellid sp Eurythoe sp Sabellid sp Eurythoe sp Sabellid sp Species? Myxicola sp
PLATYHELMINTHES Planocerid sp? Pseudocerotid sp Planocerid sp Planocerid sp Species?
PORIFERA Species? Species? Species?
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