|TUNICATA : APLOUSOBRANCHIA : Polycitoridae||SEA SQUIRTS|
Description: This inconspicuous colonial ascidian consists of small globular heads with short stalks, grouped together in a patch arising from a thin sheet of shared test. It is almost colourless, with a brown or grey overall hue and no obvious markings. Each head is about 5mm in diameter and consists of about 10 zooids arranged around a common central exhalent opening.
Habitat: Found normally in sand-scoured sites with significant tidal streams.
Distribution: Found from Plymouth and Salcombe in southern England north to the Irish Sea and North Channel. Probably under-recorded due to its inconspicuous appearance and small size.
Similar Species: Compare with Synoicum incrustatum and Polyclinum aurantium. These are both bigger colonies than Archidistoma aggregatum.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
|Copyright © National Museums of Northern Ireland, 2002-2012|