Species of the Month May 2008
Common name: Leathery Seasquirt
Latin name: Styela clava
A type of seasquirt
- Grows up to 12cm long
- Brown/cream coloured
- Looks lumpy and leathery.
- Shaped a bit like a club.
- Two tube-like openings on the top
- Attached by a stalk
Where to look:
Low down on the shore, attached to rocks, under boulders and overhanging rocks.
This is a non-native species, it may have arrived in the UK attached to warships in world war 2.
Effects on the environment:
Fouls vessels, marina pontoons and moorings.