Botrylloides magnicoecum Hartmeyer 1912
magnificent ascidian
Botrylloides magnicoecum, magnificent ascidian

Family Styelidae [ascidian]

The magnificent ascidian, Botrylloides magnicoecum, forms large colonies in a wide rage of colours from cream, through yellow and brown to dark blue. The Individual zooids are very small, only 1 or 2mm, usually arranged in parallel rows forming lobes. They share an exhalent siphon in centre of the lobe. In tropical waters, the magnificent ascidian forms encrusting sheets.

Distribution =   widespread Indo-Pacific
Max size =   to 30cms wide and 3cms high