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Aplidium elegans (Giard, 1872)

Sea-strawberry

Aplidium elegans

Rade de Brest, France, 7 meters, 2012, WBN

Aplidium elegans

Rade de Brest, France, 12 meters, 2008, WBN

Aplidium elegans

Close-up: lobes of the oral siphons, 2007, WBN

Aplidium elegans

Rade de Brest, France, 8 meters, 2011, WBN

Aplidium elegans

Ria d’Etel, France, 10 meters, 2008, WBN

Description

Aplidium elegans is a colonial sea squirt forming pink cushions from 3 to 4 cm long. The zooids are embedded in a common test and grouped around sinuous, irregular cloacal canals. The oral siphons are slightly prominent and bordered of eight small white lobes. Colonies are attached to rocks.

Distribution

Aplidium elegans is found from 5 m to 20 m deep in the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Aplidium elegans (Giard, 1872) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Chordata (Phylum)
Tunicata (Subphylum)
Ascidiacea (Class)
Aplousobranchia (Order)
Polyclinidae (Family)
Aplidium (Genus)
Aplidium elegans (Species)

Page glossary

Zooid : individual, single animal.

Cloacal : related to the cavity through which water is expelled from the ascidian.

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2005 - 2020.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Aplidium elegans (Giard, 1872) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., September 2005, Description of Aplidium elegans, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/32/aplidium-elegans.php, consulted on 2020 September 29.

Author

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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