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Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Tunicata/Urochordata | Class Ascidiacea
Rock slime ascidian
awaiting identification
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This animal is sometimes seen on hard surfaces in shady places (overhang of boulders, under jetties on pilings) on our Northern shores near the mid-water mark, as well as on coral rubble among sponges.

5-15cm in diameter. Irregular rubbery layers with many tiny well-spaced holes and a few large holes. When in water, inflates into more rounded shapes. In various shades of white, pink, lilac and orange. Out of water, it is deflated and appears to be a 'melted' or slimy layer.

Pulau Sekudu, Jun 05

East Coast Park, Jun 09

Changi, Aug 14

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Aug 10

*Species are difficult to positively identify without examination of internal parts.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Rock slime ascidians on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr
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