Trididemnum miniatum   Kott,  1977 (Sea Squirt)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Ascidiacea
Order:Aplousobranchia
Family:Didemnidae

Description
Colour: Colony light green; white

Colony is thin encrustating; Spicules are uniformly distributed throughout the test; they are small with broad base and are having crowded flat tipped cylindrical rays. The symbiotic cells are Prochloron. Bladder cell layer is distinct; green cells are sparse at the base of the colony. Spicules are globular and small with cylindrical rays.

Branchial siphon is short with pointed lobes. A lateral organ is present on the thorax. 6-7 stigmata are in each of the three rows. A retractor muscle projects from the anterior of the thorax. Vas deferens coils around 7 ½. Larvae not observed.


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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Demersal

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Leepuram (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 77.55) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Keezha Kadiappattanam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pozhikarai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kayalpattinam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chinna Ervadi 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/
  • Meenakshi, VK; Renganathan, TK; Senthamarai, S and Jeyalakshmi, J (2003) Marine biodiversity - Taxonomy of Indian Ascidians Technical report Available at - Biodiversity Informatics Group, NIO, Goa

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