Species Factsheet

Styela clava


Complete name: Styela clava Herdman, 1882
Taxonomy: Tunicata » Chordata » Ascidiacea » Stolidobranchia » Styelidae » Styela clava
Authors: Dan Minchin
Last updated: January 7th, 2008

Common Names

Asian sea-squirt, leathery sea-squirt, club tunicate.


Styela clava
Styela mammiculata

Short Description

This Asian sea-squirt has a club-shaped body and a narrow base attaching by means of a membranous plate. The outer surface (test) is leathery and often wrinkled. Surfaces are often fouled. It is a filter-feeder occurring mainly in sheltered estuaries, docks and inlets.