Sea Squirt and Tunicate Species Stock Video Footage
Ascidiacea, commonly known as the ascidians, tunicates (in part), and sea squirts (in part), is a paraphyletic class in the subphylum Tunicata of sac-like marine invertebrate filter feeders. Ascidians are characterized by a tough outer "tunic" made of the polysaccharide cellulose. Ascidians are found all over the world, usually in shallow water with salinities over 2.5%. While members of the Thaliacea and Larvacea (Appendicularia) swim freely like plankton, sea squirts are sessile animals after their larval phase: they then remain firmly attached to their substratum, such as rocks and shells. Learn more about Sea squirt and tunicate
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