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Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Tunicata/Urochordata | Class Ascidiacea
Pink ascidians
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? These bright pink ascidians are sometimes seen on coral rubble on our Southern shores. Larger patches of pink coloured blobs were also seen in the past on the jetty pilings of Chek Jawa.

Features: Clusters of a few irregular blobs about 1-2cm long usually bright pink. Sometimes, much larger blobs 4-5cm are seen. Each blob appears to be made up of many individual zooids embedded in a common tissue.

The Red-tipped flatworm (Pseudoceros bifurcus) has been seen on top of it. Does the flatworm eat it? There's much still to be learnt about our marine life.

Sisters Island, May 07

Cyrene Reef, Nov 08

Sisters Island, May 07

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

Pink ascidians on Singapore shores

Photos of Pink ascidians for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Tekukor, Aug 17
Photo shared by Teo Say Chong on facebook.

Pulau Salu, Jun 10
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