The weather is warming up – which means my nephew is making more requests to visit St Helens boat ramp. This is awesome, as I’m not willing to go alone to this area at night.
This trip I tried to get photos of anything that looked different. I’ve been trying to step back and get photos of the entire sea squirt, not just the aperture. I am seeing some patterns. I just don’t know what they are! Note that a lot of these are guesses based on past identifications.
I’m not sure about a lot of the species. I’ve tried to group them by physical similiarities where possible.
Stolonica australis near the lightbulb ascidians?
I think the red/white one on the left is Stolonica australis
The above one interests me. Normally when sea squirts shrink there are four main points. This seems to have six.
The image quality isn’t that good but I think this may be botrylloides leachii. This is based on having two holes per zooid. I saw similar looking specimens earlier in the year but, after reading the expert discussion on Facebook, put it in the too hard basket.
Ascidians are hard enough, not going to try to figure out these. I’ll try to learn about the key features and any unusual ones I should keep an eye out for.