Corella willmeriana: Tansparent sea squirt–The Race Rocks Taxonomy


Corella willmeriana : Photo by Ryan Murphy

Ryan took this picture of Corella underwater at Race Rocks. Note inside intestine and other internal organs.
From Wikipedia:
“Reproduction and Development
Hermaphroditic; ‘Corella willmeriana‘ breeds throughout the year. The eggs are fertilized in the atrial chamber, where they develop in to the free-swimming tadpole stage before released. Swimming larvae remain juveniles for <2 days before anterior adhesive organs allow for attachment to substratum. This triggers metamorphism, which entails enlargement of pharynx for filter feeding; the notochord is sucked back into body and is no longer present in adult form.”

Domain Eukarya
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Urochordata
Class Ascidiacea
Order Phlebobranchia
Family Corellidae
Genus Corella
Species willmeriana (Herdman, 1898)
Common Name: transparent sea squirt

Go to the Taxonomy Index for Race Rocks

This file is provided as part of a collaborative effort by the students, faculty, staff and volunteers of
Lester B. Pearson College