Aplidiopsis confluata   Kott,  1992 (Sea Squirt)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Ascidiacea
Order:Aplousobranchia
Family:Polyclinidae

Description
Size: Colony 3.0cm in diameter; Zooids 1cm in length; Thorax max. 3mm in length; abdomen 1.5mm.

Colony is soft and cushion like, attached by a thick,wrinkled stalk and some sand on it. The test is soft and translucent internally; zooids are cross one another in the centre of the colony.

Zooids with thorax and abdomen present; posterior abdomen is wide and long crowded with gonads and pigments. Branchial aperture has six small pointed lobes. There is a long, flat wide tongue from the body near the anterior edge of the first row of the stigmata; sphincter muscle present ta the opening. Sixteen rows of fourteen stigmata; gut loop vertical. The duodenum expands in diameter to its junction with short proximal part of the intestine; posterior abdomen is long extending into the center of the colony. Gonads are observed at the middle of the posterior abdomen which are of various sizes randomly distributed in the cluster and they are not in the regular series.


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Ecology
Habitat:  Demersal

Biogeography


• Kerala, Vizhinjam Bay (Lat: 8.37) (Long: 76.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jaffarali, HA; Sivakumar, V and Selvi, MT (2010) New records of colonial Ascidians from the South West coast of India Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research IDOSI Publications 5(5) 366-373 Available at - http://www.idosi.org/mejsr/mejsr5%285%29/9.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/

Page last updated on:2011-01-24

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