|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - Colony of Botryllus schlosseri on rock. Image width ca 4 cm.
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Botryllus schlosseri is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Dr Keith Hiscock||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Phylum||Chordata||Sea squirts, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Found all around Britain and Ireland|
|Habitat information||Grows on a variety of stable substrata including algae and artificial substrata. Thrives in sheltered areas including docks. Although mainly found on the lower shore and in shallow depths, Berrill (1950) notes that it has been found at depths of several hundred metres.|
|Description||Flat or fleshy colonies with zooids 2-4 mm across arranged in conspicuous star shaped systems, each with a central cloacal opening. Colonies vary greatly in colour including green, violet, brown and yellow.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Dr Keith Hiscock 2008. Botryllus schlosseri. Star ascidian. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/09/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2793>