Miniature sea tulip found on Isles of Scilly

November 15th, 2009

A new species for the UK, the Miniature Sea Tulip (Bolteniopsis prenanti) has been found growing on the Isles of Scilly. The sea tulip is a stalked sea squirt that grows to about 15mm in height and at depths between 40-55cm. Visually, it is similar to the sea squirt Boltenia ovifera found on the USA’s pacific coast and the sea tulip Boltenia pachydermatina found in Australasia. Perhaps because of its size, there have been only 11 confirmed records around the NE Atlantic.

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