PORT PHILLIP BAY


Ascidian 

Botrylloides anceps (Herdman, 1891)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Sources:
Gowlett-Holmes, K. (2008) A field guide to the marine invertebrates of South Australia. Notomares, Australia.
Edgar, G. J. (2008) Australian marine life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. New Holland Publishers, Australia.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Tunicata
Class:
Ascidiacea
Order:
Stolidobranchia
Family:
Styelidae
Genus:
Botrylloides
Species:
anceps

General Description

Colonies of zooids that are usually arranged in parallel rows. The rows of zooids are grouped into pod-like structures, each pod with a communal siphon or opening in the centre. Generally coloured white with patterns of yellow, brown or purple. Colony up to 30 cm wide, zooids 1-2 mm long.

Biology

On some reefs, these ascidians form flat sheets of zooids rather than the pod-shaped colonies with a central opening.

Habitat

Reef areas, to depth of 20 m.

Reefs

Seagrass meadows

Sponge gardens

Distribution guide

Worldwide. Southern and eastern Australia.

Species Group

Ascidians

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

30 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Patullo, B.

Blair Patullo is Online Producer for marine projects at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Patullo, B., 2011, Ascidian, Botrylloides anceps, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/10655

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