Animal Species:Red-throated Ascidian

The Red-throated Ascidian is a solitary species common in Sydney's coastal waters.

Red-throated Ascidian

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Standard Common Name

Red-throated Ascidian

Identification

The Red-throated Ascidian has a thick, white or semi-transparent outer covering, and two prominent, red-rimmed siphons that it uses to filter plankton from the water. Usually the animal is so heavily covered in algae that only the red rims of its siphons can be seen.

Size range

20 cm

Habitat

The Red-throated Ascidian is found on rocky reefs to a depth of 3 m - 50 m.

Feeding and Diet

Plankton.

Classification

Species:
momus
Genus:
Herdmania
Family:
Pyuridae
Suborder:
Stolidobranchia
Class:
Ascidiacea
Subphylum:
Tunicata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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