Story: Marine animals without backbones

Sea squirts (1st of 3)

Sea squirts

This green crust is composed of thousands of miniature individual sea squirts, Botrylloides leachi, which live together in a common covering (tunic). This species forms flat gelatinous sheets on stones, shells and even large seaweeds.

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Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Marine animals without backbones - Tunicates: sea squirts, salps and appendicularians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006