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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Urochordata
 
Colonial Tunicates
Order Ascidiacea (Tunicata)


These come in a variety of colours and form, occuring in dense mats and are often mistaken for sponges.

They can usually be distinguished by being softer, more jelly-like, without siliceous or calcareous spicules and lacking a canal system.

Their free-swimming tadpole-like larvae are interesting because they have a primitive form of notochord which degenerates after metamorphosis.

Pink tunicate


Brown tunicate
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre