|Researched by||Dr Keith Hiscock & Paolo Pizzolla||Refereed by||Admin|
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A solitary sea squirt with a cylindrical, pear-shaped body up to 4 cm tall. The body is constricted near the base and may have a short stalk.
In view of extensive studies undertaken by Allen (1953) in similar deep water habitats in the Clyde sealochs and Firth of Clyde but with no record of Styela gelatinosa made, it may have a very restricted distribution in Britain and may be an ice age relic. Styela gelatinosa is easily separated from Styela clava, which occurs in similar locations, by its upright habit and narrow base or slight stalk.
Allen, J.A. 1953a. Observations on the epifauna of the deep-water muds of the Clyde Sea area, with special reference to Chlamys septemradiata (Müller). Journal of Animal Ecology, 22, 240-260.
Holt, R. & Davies, M. 1991. Marine Nature Conservation Review. Surveys of Scottish sealochs: sealochs in the northern Firth of Clyde. (Contractor: University Marine Biological Station, Millport). , Peterborough, Nature Conservancy Council (CSD Report, No. 1147).
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.]
JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line] http://www.jncc.gov.uk/mermaid
Millar, R.H., 1966. Tunicata Ascidiacea. Oslo, Universitetsforlaget.
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Last Updated: 13/11/2002