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Ox Heart Ascidian

Polycarpa aurata


This tunicate grows to a height of 5 to 15 cm (2 to 6 in). It has an urn-shaped, hollow body with two siphons, one at the top and the other on the side. The body colour of this tunicate is white with purple and orange patches and purple lines. The inside is yellow or orange and this is visible round the rim of the siphons.


Lankayan Island, Borneo.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks :-)

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 7 years ago

Qué increíble. Congratulations.

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

I know now...all we got to see as students were the ones preserved in Formalin...I still haven't seen a living one...the nearest I have been are to the pics on PN. Thanks, Marta.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

No, definitely not boring! they exist in many colors and sizes, in colonies or solitary. Very pretty not so well known animals :-)

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

I always sort of thought that ascidians were boring to look happy to be wrong!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago


Fantastic picture!!

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Spotted on Sep 29, 2015
Submitted on Apr 2, 2016

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