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Tunicates

Bristly Tunicate

Halocynthia igaboja

       
(1,4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos / 3,5-8: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Colonial Tunicate

Didemnum carnulentum

     
(1,3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2,4,6: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 5: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Colonial Tunicate

Didemnum (sp?)

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Colonial Tunicate

Metandrocarpa taylori

 
(1-2: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)

Similar to the shiny orange sea squirt, but smaller and in greater numbers.


Colonial Tunicate

Pycnoclavella stanleyi

     
(1-2,6: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea / 3-5: Lovers Point, Monterey)

Similar to the light bulb tunicate, but tiny and yellow.  Each is about the size of a grain of rice.


Corella Willmeriana

Corella willmeriana

  
(1-2: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea / 3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Eudistoma Molle

Eudistoma molle

(1: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Light Bulb Tunicate

Clavelina huntsmani

       
(1,5,7-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2,6: Lovers Point, Monterey / 3-4: Coral Gardens, San Clemente Island)

The yellow things inside the tunicates may be eggs:
 
(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Lobed Compound Tunicate

Cystodytes lobatus

       
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2,5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3-4: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Polyclinum Planum

Polyclinum planum

 
(1-2: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Red Ascidian

Aplidium solidum

    
(1-2,4: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 5: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

Close up:
(1: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Red Currant Tunicate

Ritterella rubra

  
(1: Lovers Point, Monterey / 2-3: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Ritterella Pulchra

Ritterella pulchra

    
(1-4: Lovers Point, Monterey / 5: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Sea Pork

Aplidium californicum

     
(1-2,4-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Close-up of structure:
 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Shiny Orange Sea Squirt

Cnemidocarpa finmarkiensis

      
(1,3-7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

This one is deflated:
(1: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Spiny-Headed Tunicate

Boltenia villosa

   
(1-4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Stalked Tunicate

Styela montereyensis

       
(1,3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2,4-6,8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 7: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Synoicum Parfustis

Synoicum parfustis

  
(1-3: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Trididemnum

Trididemnum (sp?)

 
(1-2: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Trididemnum Opacum

Trididemnum opacum

       
(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2-3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 4-6: Lovers Point, Monterey / 7-8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)