Polyandrocarpa colemani Kott 1992
Coleman's ascidian, Coleman's seasquirt

family Styelidae [ascidian]

Coleman's ascidian. Polyandrocarpa colemani, was orginally discovered in 1976 at Julian Rocks by Neville Coleman. Its is endemic to this region and as a colony this species is one of the largest growing compound ascidians in the Indo-Pacific. The larger more open, angled openings are the mouths of the colony and the more upright openings are the exhalant pores. Polyandrocarpa colemani could easily be mistaken for a sponge, but the opening of sponge don't close when touched.

Distribution =   southern Qld - northern NSW
Max size =   2m long, 60cm high (colony)