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Blue Club Tunicate

Rhopalaea crassa

Description:

Also known as Colonial Ascidians, Compound Ascidians, Blue Transparent Sea Squirt, Blue Sea Squirt and Blue Tunicate. They feed on suspended plankton and detritus. Often fed upon by the Nembrotha Sea Slug. They grow to a length of about 7cm.

Habitat:

Found in groups in sheltered reef flats and slopes. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

It's quite refreshing seeing these delicate creatures underwater!

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17 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks for your kind words! :)

Lionheart056
Lionheart056 8 years ago

Stunning pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Uday
Uday 8 years ago

looks like blue-green flame in sea
amazing find!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wonderful!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, jgorneau, Sarah & Donna! :)

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago

They don't look real! Quite amazing.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 9 years ago

So beautiful....& fragile....lovely!
:)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

That's amazing! It looks like an orb!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments, guys!!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting....it would perfect for the blue mission!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

How lovely!

UmapornSarasat
UmapornSarasat 9 years ago

nice.. :)

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Looks like a couple of beautiful flower vases but I don't think flowers looks good on them.

Aahangar
Aahangar 9 years ago

so beautiful and soft

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Wow magic looking creature. So delicate... like venetian glass.

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba! Lately I've been getting really attracted to these critters. :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

one of my favourite animals !! Thanks Blogie. Is it not amazing that these creatures that would look like blobs of jelly out of water should look so beautiful underwater- I love the delicate looking oral siphon. good photo..

Blogie
Spotted by
Blogie

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 18, 2011
Submitted on Dec 20, 2011

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