TUNICATA : APLOUSOBRANCHIA : PolyclinidaeSEA SQUIRTS

Aplidium glabrum (Verrill, 1871)


Description: A colonial ascidian consisting of groups of very flat-topped lobes closely pressed together, with sand coated sides. The upper surface is clean, and brown in colour. 5mm thick x 10mm diameter.

Habitat: Apparently a species usually found in the circalittoral, often in sand-scoured sites.

Distribution: Reported to be a northern form in the British Isles, rarely recorded.

Similar Species: The name used here for this species is somewhat doubtful, but it is a distinctive entity.

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: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.


 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZD600

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