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Although Linnaeus first categorised this species as a kind of mollusk, Alexander Kovalevsky found a tadpole-like larval stage during development that shows similarity to vertebrates. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies as well as phylogenomic studies support that sea squirts are the closest invertebrate relatives of vertebrates. Its full genome has been sequenced using a specimen from Half Moon Bay in California, USA, showing a very small genome size, less than 1/20 of the human genome, but having a gene corresponding to almost every family of genes in vertebrates. Learn more about Vase Tunicate

View related species in family group: Sea Squirt and Tunicate

Animalia: Chordata: Phlebobranchia: Ascidiacea: Cionidae: Ciona intestinalis

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