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   This tunicate classification only concerns species from Western Europe; thus, non-European and fossil species are excluded. Only the classification for the species presented in this website is fully mentionned; else, if a species is not referred to in this website, this classification is incomplete.

Classification of West-European Tunicates

Appendicularians, ascidians, salps

  • Phylum Chordata Bateson, 1885
  • Subphylum Tunicata Lamarck, 1816
  • Class Larvacea
  • Order Copelata
  • Family Oikopleuridae
  • See photo of Oikopleura dioica Oikopleura dioica Fol, 1872
  • Class Ascidiacea
  • Order Aplousobranchia
  • Family Polyclinidae
  • See photo of Pseudodistoma obscurum Pseudodistoma obscurum Pérès, 1959
  • See photo of Aplidium elegans See description of Aplidium elegans Aplidium elegans (Giard, 1872)
  • See photo of Aplidium glabrum Aplidium glabrum (Verrill, 1871)
  • See photo of Aplidium nordmanni Aplidium nordmanni (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Aplidium pallidum Aplidium pallidum (Verrill, 1871)
  • See photo of Aplidium proliferum Aplidium proliferum (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Aplidium punctum See description of Aplidium punctum Aplidium punctum (Giard, 1873)
  • See photo of Aplidium turbinatum Aplidium turbinatum (Savigny, 1816)
  • See photo of Aplidium sp.1 Aplidium sp.1 
  • See photo of Aplidium sp.2 Aplidium sp.2 
  • See photo of Aplidium sp.3 Aplidium sp.3 
  • See photo of Morchellium argus Morchellium argus (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Polyclinum aurantium Polyclinum aurantium Milne-Edwards 1841
  • See photo of Synoicum blochmanni Synoicum blochmanni (Heiden, 1894)
  • Family Didemnidae
  • See photo of Didemnum commune Didemnum commune (Della Valle, 1877)
  • See photo of Didemnum coriaceum Didemnum coriaceum (Drasche, 1883)
  • See photo of Didemnum fulgens Didemnum fulgens Milne-Edwards, 1841
  • See photo of Didemnum maculosum Didemnum maculosum (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Didemnum maculosum dentata Didemnum maculosum dentata (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Didemnum pseudofulgens Didemnum pseudofulgens Médioni, 1970
  • See photo of Didemnum vexillum Didemnum vexillum Kott, 2002
  • See photo of Didemnum sp.1 Didemnum sp.1 
  • See photo of Didemnum sp.2 Didemnum sp.2 
  • See photo of Didemnum sp.3 Didemnum sp.3 
  • See photo of Diplosoma listerianum Diplosoma listerianum (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Diplosoma spongiforme See description of Diplosoma spongiforme Diplosoma spongiforme Giard, 1872
  • See photo of Lissoclinum perforatum Lissoclinum perforatum (Giard, 1872)
  • See photo of Lissoclinum weigelei Lissoclinum weigelei Lafargue, 1968
  • See photo of Polysyncraton bilobatum Polysyncraton bilobatum Lafargue, 1968
  • See photo of Polysyncraton lacazei Polysyncraton lacazei (Giard, 1872)
  • See photo of Trididemnum cereum Trididemnum cereum (Giard, 1872)
  • Family Clavelinidae
  • Family Polycitoridae
  • See photo of Pycnoclavella atlantica Pycnoclavella atlantica Perez-Portela et al., 2007
  • See photo of Pycnoclavella aurilucens See description of Pycnoclavella aurilucens Pycnoclavella aurilucens Garstang, 1891
  • See photo of Pycnoclavella communis Pycnoclavella communis Perez-Portela et al., 2007
  • See photo of Pycnoclavella nana Pycnoclavella nana (Lahille, 1890)
  • See photo of Pycnoclavella producta Pycnoclavella producta (Milne-Edwards, 1841)
  • See photo of Pycnoclavella stolonialis Pycnoclavella stolonialis Pérez-Portela, R., Goodwin, C.E., Picton, B.E. & X. Turon, 2010
  • Order Phlebobranchia
  • Family Cionidae
  • Family Ascidiidae
  • Ordre des Stolidobranchia
  • Family Styelidae
  • Family Pyuridae
  • Class Thaliacea
  • Order Pyrosomatida
  • This order is only mentionned for information.
    There is no representative of Pyrosomatida in west European seas.
  • Order Salpida
  • Family Salpidae
  • Order Doliolida
  • This order is only mentionned for information.
    There is no representative of Doliolida in west European seas.
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