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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Colonial Sea Squirt Didemnum molle

Although it appears to be solitary, the colonial sea squirt lives in urn-shaped colonies that share a single exhalent siphon (an opening through which water exits). The colony is dotted all over with the inhalent, or ingoing, siphons of the tiny zooids—the individuals that make up the colony. The colonial sea squirt’s green color results from the presence of the symbiotic cyanobacterium Prochloron.

Colonial Sea Squirtzoom image
  • Subphylum Urochordata
  • Height Up to 1 in (3 cm)
  • Depth Shallow water
  • Habitat Coral reefs and rocks
  • Distribution Widespread in tropical reef waters of Indian and western Pacific Oceans
Colonial Sea Squirt habitat mapzoom image