Classification
Within iNaturalist.org

All Names

  • Scientific Names
    • Thaliacea
  • English
    • Thaliaceans
  • Spanish
    • Doliolos, pirosomas y salpas

Extras

Taxonomic changes »

Taxon schemes »

Make taxonomic Flickr tags for this taxon »

Flickr invite link »

Wikipedia taxobox »

Tree Browser »

Search descendant taxa »

Embed a widget for this taxon on your website »

3354334634_6aceea48de_sMagnifier SquareMagnifier 835489783_bb602277a1_sMagnifier 5254174184_967e7c89c5_sMagnifier P6033840Magnifier 82073_98_68Magnifier 54892_98_68Magnifier SquareMagnifier SquareMagnifier SquareMagnifier SquareMagnifier SquareMagnifier
Creative Commons Flickr Photos Tagged "Thaliacea."
Invite photos to iNat » View all photos tagged "Thaliacea" on Flickr »

Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

sluglust

Date

December 1, 2014

Description

found in ~30' of water at breakwater. asked a prof at CSUMB what he thought and he said pyrosoma. stiff and almost sharp feeling, not like other colonial tunicates ive handled.

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

marisa_a

Date

August 11, 2014 07:40 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

taylorellis

Date

November 1, 2014 01:15 PM PDT

Description

About 3 inches long.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Giant salp (Pyrostremma spinosum) Pyrostremma spinosum

Observer

nzwide

Date

December 13, 2002

Description

Posting courtesy of Wade Doak from recorded sightings

Photo by Wade Doak

Photos / Sounds

What

Giant salp (Pyrostremma spinosum) Pyrostremma spinosum

Observer

nzwide

Date

November 8, 2006

Description

Posting courtesy of Wade Doak from recorded sightings

Photo by Elizabeth Jones

Photos / Sounds

What

Salps Family Salpidae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 6, 2014

Description

These are the invisible translucent things that brush against your fingers when swimming, but when you look, there's nothing there :-)

Normally I find them in ribbons all stuck together but they separate once caught and poured into a container.

Last time I left them too long before examining and got 955536. This time I did a wee bit better but I think many were damaged, but basically they're transparent, tubular with an 'eye' at one end and jet through the water as one end of them pulsates open and closed.

Each about 1cm long.

Video clip slowed down by 50%.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Salps Family Salpidae

Observer

meurkc

Date

December 14, 2013

Description

don't really know what this bit of slime is.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Salps (Family Salpidae) Family Salpidae

Observer

shona_t

Date

November 16, 2013

Description

20mm long
Transparent with orange ball 1/3 to 1/2 along.
Most the elongated shape in photo, some about 10mm long same width, some 5mm blob.
Few dozen along 20m of strand line

Siphonophora ? Diphyidae ??
Mollusc larvae ?
Firoloida pterosoma ?

A few more December 7th.

"with an anterior nectophore about 10mm high. It has 4 longitudinal ridges or folds, but they may be difficult to see. The most distinct character ... its globular, stalked stomatocyst. The posterior nectophore is of similar size to the anterior nectophore, and has 5 ridges.
Size: Anterior nectophore up to 15mm high." NZ Coastal Marine Invertebrates 1 p226
nectophores: open ended swimming bells
medusa: (Cnidaria) free-swimming jelly fish phase
somatocyst: extension of the gut p182
stomatocyst: cyst formed by some chrysomonads

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Salps Family Salpidae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

March 13, 2013

Description

Transparent, firm jelly like, floating seeds or spawn? in the sea. They come in strips connected together and break apart in the surf. Some days there are so many that you feel them brushing past with every step through the water though you can hardly see them in the water. Perhaps 5 to 10mm long. The shape reminded me of a partially inflated, flat 4 sided breathing indicator rubber bag (used when administering anaesthetic gases). They have 3? little whiskers coming from one end, and a small dark something inside. I gathered up one for photographing, but I left it too long in a jar of seawater and it seemed to dissolve somewhat. Poured it onto a piece of grey cardboard to photograph and after the water was absorbed it also melted into the cardboard!, so photo isn't up to much it has lost all its shape and is somewhat shrunken (practically disappears a few moments later as the water is drawn out).

Photos / Sounds

Observer

dpom

Date

August 11, 2014

Photos / Sounds

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

August 11, 2014 10:34 AM PDT

Description

Hundreds drifting by our dock.

ID as per: http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/Tunicates/Salpa%20fusiformis.htm

Photos / Sounds

15186407206_0df4ba0247_s

Observer

dremsen

Date

September 7, 2014 12:01 PM EDT

Description

Abundant in colonial chains throughout the Sound.

View all observations

Description from Wikipedia

The Thaliacea comprise a class of marine animals within the subphylum Tunicata. Unlike their benthic relatives the ascidians, thaliaceans are free-floating (pelagic) for their entire lifespan. The group includes species with complex life cycles with both solitary and colonial forms.

No range data available.