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sea squirts & salps

The 'vertebrates' that look like invertebrates across the Indo-Pacific tropical coral reefs...

Phylum Chordata

Class Ascidiacea

Order Stolidobranchia

Family Styelidae

Polycarpa aurata. 'Gilded/Oxheart/Goldmouth/Ink Spot/ Yellow & Purple Ascidian/Sea Squirt'. One of the most obvious and commonly seen sea squirts on coral reefs (Rajah Ampat, Indonesia).

Order/Sub-order Aplousobranchia

Family Didemnidae

Didemnum molle, 'Green Sea Squirt' (Pink Beach, Indonesia). A commonly seen sea squirt on coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific. It appears soft and squishy and swishes around in reaction to water movements. Another common sea squirt thay look similar is called Atriolum robustum. Or maybe I have these the wrong way around?

Class Thaliacea, 'Salps'

Family Salpidae

A salp chain, (Panagsama, Philippines).

My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions, followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef. If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.