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Diazona cf. formosa
This is a colony of translucent sea squirts (or ascidians) with six white "petals" around their mouths (called oral siphons). The spiral zooids -- animals that are part of a colonial organism -- can be clearly seen through the nearly transparent test (the skin of the sea squirts).
Depths of 20 to 60m across the Indo-Pacific region.
Spotted this lovely colony of ascidians in about 30m of water, at a dive site called Hammerhead Alley, off the eastern coast of Samal Island, Philippines. Curiously, I've only ever seen this on the eastern coast of the island...
Spotted on Jun 24, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012
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