Fluted sea squirt (Ascidiella aspersa)
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This species is solitary but commonly found in dense unfused aggregations. The body is ovoid in shape, up to 130mm long and usually attached to the substratum by the left side. The test or layer that encloses the body is firm to touch, thick, rough and gristly, and is greyish-black or brown in colour, often with attached detritus.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandCommon on all British coasts but appears to be more common on south and west coasts.
Global distributionCommon throughout NE Atlantic, from W Norway to Mediterranean.
HabitatFound in the lower intertidal and sublittorally to 80 m. Will tolerate salinities as low as 18 psu and is therefore, often found in estuaries.
Depth rangeLower intertidal to ca. 80m
- The inhalent siphon is terminal, with the exhalent siphon about 1/3 down the edge of the body.
- Siphons may sometimes be frilled.
- A ring of 30-40 well separated, slender tentacles maybe found.
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Last Updated: 16/08/2005