PORT PHILLIP BAY


Ascidian 

Botrylloides perspicuum Herdman, 1886

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:
perspicuum

General Description

Colony of zooids that form mainly circular patterns. They are embedded in a matrix that creates soft, encrusting or lobed formations. Colour varies, including orange, yellow, white and purple. Colony up to 15 cm long.

Biology

These ascidians usually have a short lifespan, living for only a few months.

Habitat

Reefs, jetty piles and seagrass areas, to depth of 20 m.

Reefs

Seagrass meadows

Sponge gardens

Distribution guide

Indo-Pacific area, including southern and eastern Australia.

Species Group

Ascidians

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

15 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 perspicuum, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/10656

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