|Researched by||Dr John Bishop||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||Colonial sea squirt||Synonyms||-|
Colonies of small, translucent zooids (approximately 4 mm long) budded from stolons and generally rather closely packed. Young parts of colony are yellow or greenish-yellow. Stolons may bear angular, often star-shaped, terminal buds, which are bright yellow.
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First recorded in Queen Annes Battery Marina, Plymouth Sound (first noted in 1999; see Nishikawa et al., 2000). Baldock & Bishop (2001) reported Perophora japonica in the Fleet, Dorset approximately 130 km from Plymouth. It was recorded in Guernsey in 2003 (Richard Lord pers comm.).
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Baldock, B. & Bishop, J.D.D., 2001. Occurrence of the non-native ascidian Perophora japonica in the Fleet, southern England. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 81, 1067.
Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]
Monniot, C. & Monniot, F, 1985. Apparition de l'ascidie Perophora japonica sur les côtes et dans les ports de la Manche. Compte Rendu de la Société de Biogéographie, 61, 111-116.
Nishikawa, T. Bishop, J.D.D. & Sommerfeldt, A.D., 2000. Occurrence of the alien ascidian Perophora japonica at Plymouth. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 80, 955-956.
Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, 2018. Ulster Museum Marine Surveys of Northern Ireland Coastal Waters. Occurrence dataset https://www.nmni.com/CEDaR/CEDaR-Centre-for-Environmental-Data-and-Recording.aspx accessed via NBNAtlas.org on 2018-09-25.
Fenwick, 2018. Aphotomarine. Occurrence dataset http://www.aphotomarine.com/index.html Accessed via NBNAtlas.org on 2018-10-01
NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from: https://www.nbnatlas.org.
OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System), 2022. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2022-06-28
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Last Updated: 16/08/2005