Blue Social Tunicate (Clavelina sp)
Phylum: Chordata, Class: Ascidiacea
Range: Tropical Seas
Size: 6 in. Space:: 100+ gal. Diet: Microplankton
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Blue Social Tunicate is a primitive chordate (Urochordata) that lives its adult life as a filter-feeder. It removes single-celled organisms from the water column by drawing water in through one siphon and discharging it through another. Oddly, this invertebrate is closely related to the fishes, but only its larval form reveals its true ancestry.
Husbandry: The Blue Social Tunicate requires an aquarium with live rock and sand and microplankton. Some type of frozen microplankton will likely be required to keep this animal alive in captivity.
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