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.
|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|
|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|
|Deposited By:||Dr Andrew Gates|
|Deposited On:||01 August 2018|
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