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Dendrodoa grossularia

Dendrodoa grossularia

Dendrodoa

   Dendrodoa grossularia is a solitary ascidian up to 2 cm long and about 1,5 cm in diameter. Its body has the form of a flat dome with an enlarging base but sometimes it can be erected and marble-shaped. The oral siphon is terminal, close to the atrial siphon and both are four-lobed. The test is reddish-brown. It can live solitary or in groups attached to rocks, shells or seaweeds.
It is found from surface to 100 m deep in the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic to the Southern coasts of Brittany, in the English Channel, the North Sea and West-Baltic.

Classification:

 Phylum Chordata, subphylum Tunicata, class Ascidiacea, order Stolidobranchia, family Styelidae, Dendrodoa grossularia (Van Beneden, 1846).

Classification

 (source : European Register of Marine Species)

  • Chordata [Phylum]
  • Tunicata [Subphylum]
  • Ascidiacea [Class]
  • Stolidobranchia [Suborder]
  • Styelidae [Family]
  • Dendrodoa grossularia (Van Beneden, 1846)

Page glossary


Test : or tunic: thick layer secreted by the mantel containing cellulose and protecting the animal.
Oral siphon : Opening by which water is drawn in the ascidian.
Atrial siphon : Opening through which water is expelled.

Dendrodoa grossularia. Dendrodoa grossularia

Dendrodoa grossularia. Dendrodoa grossularia

 

Authors


Top photograph :
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Dendrodoa grossularia, Bay of Concarneau, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 3 meters.
Bottom photographs : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Dendrodoa grossularia, . Baie de Concarneau, South Brittany, West of France. Depth 1 meter.
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Dendrodoa grossularia, . Rivière du Trieux, North-Brittany, West of France. Depth 12 meters.
Text :  Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2006-2017.
Translation :  Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007-2017.

How to cite this page in publications


Bay-Nouailhat A., January 2006, Description of Dendrodoa grossularia, Available on line at http://www.european-marine-life.org/32/dendrodoa-grossularia.php, consulted on 19 August 2017.
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