TUNICATA : STOLIDOBRANCHIA : PyuridaeSEA SQUIRTS

Pyura tessellata (Forbes, 1848)


Pyura tessellata

Description: This solitary ascidian has a scaly appearance to the test and is normally found beneath rocks. The siphons are short and are placed at each end of the rather flattened body. 5mm tall by 15mm broad.

Habitat: Usually found beneath rocks in sites exposed to wave action or tidal streams, where there is no sediment beneath the rocks except coarse gravel.

Similar Species: Pyura squamulosa also has a rough test, but without the scaly appearance of this species.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.



 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Pyura tessellata (Forbes, 1848). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZD2420 Accessed on 2017-11-23

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