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Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Tunicata/Urochordata | Class Ascidiacea
Green gum drops ascidians
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? These little ascidians that resemble green sweets are commonly seen, especially on our Southern shores.

Features: Each blob about 1cm long. Flat, irregular shapes with rounded margins so that each shape resembles a gum drop. Each shape appears to be made up of many individual zooids embedded in a common tissue. The shapes are arranged higgledy-piggledy in crowded clusters on seagrasses such as Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), seaweeds as well as on coral rubble.

It's hard to identify ascidians without close examination of small features. On this website, they are grouped by large external features for convenience of display.

Kusu Island, May 07

Beting Bronok, Aug 05


Kusu Island, Jun 05

Terumbu Raya, May 10

Sentosa, Jul 05


Growing on Tape seagrass
Pulau Semakau, Mar 05

Growing on Tape seagrass
Pulau Semakau, Mar 05

Growing on Noodle seagrass
Cyrene Reef, Jul 08

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

Green gum drops ascidians on Singapore shores

Photos of Green gum drops ascidians for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Pulau Semakau, Jan 16
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Apr 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.
 


Pulau Sudong, Dec 09

Pulau Senang, Aug 10

Pulau Biola, May 10


Pulau Senang, Jun 10

Pulau Salu, Jun 10

Pulau Berkas, May 10
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