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Broad-clawed-porcelain-crab

Observed: 8th April 2011 By: jason.birtjason.birt’s reputation in Invertebratesjason.birt’s reputation in Invertebrates
broad-clawed-porcelain-crab
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There were hundreds of these. Often paired up, often berried (carrying eggs). I've never been to a shore with so many of these under the boulders. Quite amazing!

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dejayM's picture

second feature

Jason, what might you know about the grey 'stiff' jelly feature, with patterns, in this picture?
ðerek

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It's the Botryllus schlosseri

It's the Botryllus schlosseri - star ascidian. Great lifestyle, the larvae have a notocord (making them quite closely related to us humans) and then settle on a surface and metamorphose. They then asexually reproduce and produce the pattern ring. Each "dot" is an individual animal.

Jason Birt

dejayM's picture

theme

Yes, thanks Jason.
I was going to suggest you make the post again with that as the subject but it is unnecessary unless you want agreements.
I was trawling the site for references to 'Broad Claw' and found your ascidian by accident.
Go here for an interesting read -
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/272264
Good wishes then.
ðj