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Would this be considered a tunicate???.....that's

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by diver 85, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    what we came up with while [​IMG]on Dominica..btw, it's 'facing' to the right in that pic.....tia....
     
  2. designbysue

    designbysue Barracuda

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    By any chance did it have an opening that looked like this?

    [​IMG]

    I believe that is a Giant Tunicate and from the side looked something like what you have.
     
  3. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    I did not see any opening like that-----it was attached to that piece of soft coral & had 'eyes' in the front end(right side of picture & were closed for the pic)---also seem to sit there & 'breath'(side of it went in & out)....dun know....
     
  4. designbysue

    designbysue Barracuda

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    Never saw a tunicate with eyes.
     
  5. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    I'm in the dark so to speak-I didn't know anything about tunicates--till this dive(over 1100 Caribbean ones, some things I just don't worry about)...One of the guys on the dive found this & saw all the 'eye thing' & 'breathing' & as I said it was over when I got there to take a picture(for him)......Thanks for your help though, it's probably just a part of the soft coral, lol.....
     
  6. designbysue

    designbysue Barracuda

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    There are a number of tunicates (not that I am an expert) - I am fasinated by them because they are similar to us in that they have the beginnings of a spinal column (or something like that). Here are a few I have taken pics of:

    Bulb Tunicate
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    White Condominium Tunicate
    [​IMG]

    Mangrove Tunicate
    [​IMG]

    Painted Tunicate
    [​IMG]

    Maybe the "eye" was the opening??
     
  7. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    We have species of benthic tunicates that look somewhat like the one in your picture (such as Styela montereyensis) so it is certainly a possibility. Many are gelatinous in appearance, but some are more leathery like Styela and possibly the thingie you saw.

    DesignbySue... are you sure that is a tunicate? It looks more like the siphon of a bivalve.
     
  8. designbysue

    designbysue Barracuda

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    As always I could be wrong, but I believe I found it as a Gianl Tunicate in the Humann books. I will try to recheck and get back to you with the page (I know I saw it somewhere!)
     
  9. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Sue... I have seen a few tunicates with siphons like that one, but they are more typical of bivalves at least in my experience. Will be interested in what you find (I could check Humann as well).
     
  10. Sully3

    Sully3 Manta Ray

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    looks like the "giant tunicate"
    they camoflage themselves pretty well
     

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