New carnivorous tunicate found Down Under

Carnivorous sea squirts lurk in the depths off Tasmania! An expedition to the Tasman Fracture Zone, off the southern coast of Tasmania, found a brand-new species of carnivorous tunicate. Similar to the species from the Monterey Canyon, the Tasmanian devil-squirt captures prey like a Venus fly trap – when unfortunate critters brush against it, the squirt snaps shut. Pretty impressive for a critter that usually just lounges about filtering water.

For more on why urochordates are the best phyla in all the sea, see here.

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One Response to New carnivorous tunicate found Down Under

  1. chrisM says:

    Some of the “new” biodiversity/taxonomy from that expedition is more hype than fact…cool pics tho’..

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