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Contributors » Scott and Ally » Golden Star Tunicate (Botryllus schlosseri)

Golden Star Tunicate (Botryllus schlosseri) discovered by Scott and Ally (#6852)

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Sighting Info

Observed: October 1, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Posted on: June 9, 2015 @ 10:13 PM (diff: 616 days)

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By sam on 6/10/2015 1:08:01 PM

awesome sighting, photos too!!! How big is it? I have never see anything like that!!!

By Scott and Ally on 6/10/2015 1:32:28 PM

Thank you. I discovered this species at three sites in southwestern NL in 2013 and documented them again in 2014. The colonies can get quite large and commonly grow on kelp, rockweed, mussels, wharves and eelgrass. A single colony can span 10cm or more. I found a single colony of violet tunicate that spanned almost 30cm in diameter. Currently violet tunicate is only located at two sites in NL and golden star tunicate can be found at numerous sites in eastern NL (Placentia Bay, Conception Bay, Fortune Bay).

http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AIS/maps-ais#2
http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AIS/Golden-Star-Tunicate

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