Second trip to St Helens!
This little boat ramp has been starting to get some interest from fellow naturalists recently. One person mentioned they were thinking about coming down to collect specimens.
This caused me to panic. I take a very ad-hoc approach. I wander around, looking for interesting colours and then lay down on my stomach while on a floating pontoon. I know what areas I like, but can’t remember exactly what I’ve found there. The person mentioned a specific variation of an ascidian I found so I used this trip as research.
I found them and remember the rough location! Knowing my luck, it wont be there next time.
The above is Botrylloides violaceus. Normally the colonies I see are much smaller, so didn’t recognize this.
Suspect P. Dalbyii. I notice that these have purple lines up the side of the siphon. And have these four triangler shaped thingies at even points around it. I don’t know if I could consider these P. Dalbyii; the only two references I’m going on are the orange colour and the fringed aperture.
I *am* getting enough photos to see patterns with these. Hopefully I can collect a sample at some point.
Microcosmus squamiger. I’m going to have to research this species more, as there is a lot of variation in images online.
The large central species is Microcosmus squamiger. The blurry one on the far left may be Stolonica australis.
Other sea squirts
I do see a lot like the one in focus above, with the purple/yellow tinge inside the siphon. I wouldn’t know where to start with identifying it.
Am guessing the above is a Tasmanian Blenny… and that the photo is upside down.
Normally don’t see globefish swimming so close to the surface! I got here about 30 minutes before my family, so got was able to get a good look before the sun went down. I definitely need to return in daylight.