Predatory tunicate

Predatory tunicatePredatory tunicate


The seabed at Kitatange-1 was dominated by soft sediment with occasional areas of hard substratum. The rocks supported sessile invertebrate assemblages such as sponges and soft corals and the predatory tunicate shown here. It is likely from the family Octacnemidae.

Item Type:Image
Title:Predatory tunicate
Creator(s):Gates, AR
Date:23 November 2016
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Ascidiacea (Sea Squirts)
Behaviour:A predatory tunicate will capture food from the water column including small crustaceans such as amphipods. See the following paper by Okuyama (2002) for more information: "Morphological Studies on the Bathyal Ascidian, Megalodicopia hians Oka 1918 (Octacnemidae, Phlebobranchia), with Remarks on Feeding and Tunic Morphology".
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Kitatange-1
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):2314
Latitude:9 deg 35' 00" S
Longitude:40 deg 20' 00" E
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Substratum:Rocks on deep-sea mud
Rig:Noble Globetrotter II
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 141
Keywords:Bathyal ascidian,Octacnemidae
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:01 August 2018

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