Colonial ascidian

Chordata – Ascidiacea


A colonial ascidian is a colony of animals (or zooids), where it is hard to distinguish separate animals – individual zooids can only be seen clearly with a microscope. They form intricate patterns and come in an assortment of colours. Ascidians are difficult to identify properly without examining the internal structure of the specimen.


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Colonial ascidians usually grow as a coating on rocks or reefs, and can be mistaken for an encrusting sponge. The difference is that ascidians have a nervous system and they respond to touch by retracting and closing their siphons.

Compound ascidian