Botryllus gregalis

(Monniot, C. and Monniot, F. 1997)
Phylum Chordata
Class Ascidiacea
Order Stolidobranchia
Family Styelidae
  • Thick encrusting (2 -3 cm thick) of folded gelatinous masses (20 cm in diameter).
  • Zooids (2-3 mm long) arranged in elaborate meaning systems.
  • Branchial opening with very short siphon, atrial opening with large languet and slit-like aperture.
  • Zooids with gut loop along the posterior side of the branchial sac.
  • Branchial sac with 12-14 rows, with 2-3 stigmata between longitudinal vessels.
  • Stomach with 8-10 longitudinal folds.
  • Larvae (0.5 mm) in length with 8 ampullae.
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References
  • Monniot, C. and Monniot, F. 1997 Records of ascidians from Bahrain, Arabian Gulf with three new species.31:1623-1643
  • Monniot, F. and Monniot, C. 1997 Ascidians collected in Tanzania.86:1-35
  • Shenkar, N.; Gittenberger, A.; Ruis, M.; Rocha, R. M.; Swalla, B.; et al. 2017 Ascidiacea World Database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org