tadpole larva of the sea squirt

tadpole larva of the sea squirt Botrylloides violaceus (Phylum Urochordata)

Collected: July 2002. Connecticut, near Long Island Sound

Notes: Botrylloides violaceus produces the largest larvae of any of East Coast seasquirt.“Tadpole” larvae similar to these probably gave rise to the first fishes.

Collected by Dennis Allen, University of South Carolina and Bill Johnson, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Identified by Dr. Stephen Bullard, Connecticut College