Ecteinascidia bombayensis   Das,  1939 (Sea Squirt)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ascidiacea

Colonial ascidian, 10-12 individuals in a colony, each one attached by a short thin peduncle to a basal stolon network. Zooids are small, size from 18-23 mm, maximum thickness of an individual being 7 mm. Test is thin and transparent. Mantle is thin and transparent with numerous muscle fibres. Branchial and atrial siphons are five-lobed. Tentacles are simple. Dorsal lamina is a thin flap with triangular languets connected at their bases by a narrow membrane. Two or three posterior languets are free. Stomach is placed at the posterior end, and with longitudinal folds on its walls. The loop is on the left side of the branchial sac. Heart is crescent-shaped, placed on the right side of branchial sac.

Gonads are within the intestinal loop.

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• Gujarat, Okha Port INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sebastian, VO and Kunian, CV (1981) Classification of Ascidians 1-163 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Sebastian, VO and Kurian, CV (1981) Indian Ascidians Mohan Primlani, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi 153 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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