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Polycarpa spongiabilis Giant Tunicate

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lexID:
6155 
AphiaID:
251069 
Scientific:
Polycarpa spongiabilis 
German:
Riesenseescheide 
English:
Giant Tunicate 
Category:
Sea Squirts 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Ascidiacea (Class) > Stolidobranchia (Order) > Styelidae (Family) > Polycarpa (Genus) > spongiabilis (Species) 
Initial determination:
Traustedt, 1883 
Occurrence:
Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Central Atlantic, Cuba, Florida, French Guiana, Gulf of Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, South America, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, USA, Venezuela, West-Atlantic Ocean 
Size:
3.15" - 4.33" (8cm - 11cm) 
Temperature:
- 82.4 °F (°C - 28°C) 
Food:
Filter feeder, Plankton, Suspension feeder 
Difficulty:
Experts only! Very hard to keep 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
  • Polycarpa aernbaeckae
  • Polycarpa albatrossi
  • Polycarpa albopunctata
  • Polycarpa anguinea
  • Polycarpa argentata
  • Polycarpa arnoldi
  • Polycarpa aspera
  • Polycarpa atromarginata
  • Polycarpa aurita
 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2013-10-04 20:27:03 

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Traustedt, 1883

Polycarpa spongiabilis is a solitary species.

Found only on coral reef, mangrove root, and any hard substrate.

Synonyms:
Pandocia obtecta (Traustedt, 1883)
Pandocia spongiabilis (Traustedt, 1883)
Polycarpa multiphiala Verrill, 1900
Polycarpa obtecta Traustedt, 1883
Polycarpa rugosa Drasche, 1884
Styela brevipedunculata Sluiter, 1898
Styela friabilis Sluiter, 1898
Styela fuliginea Sluiter, 1898
Styela obtecta (Traustedt, 1883)
Styela seminuda Sluiter, 1898

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