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Scientific name: Salpa sp
Common name: Salpa
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Urochordata Ascidiacea Thaliacea Salpida Not Defined Salpidae Not Defined Salpa Salpa sp


Short Description

A transparent test encloses the cylindrical body, and may be relatively thick and tough with projections and keels. Using rhythmic contractions of bands of circular muscles within the body wall. for locomotion Salps can form massive aggregations of millions of individuals that may play a significant role in marine ecosystems. They exhibit among the fastest growth rates of any multicellular organism.

Size: Individuals are betweenn 10-100mm tall 

When phytoplankton is abundant, this rapid reproduction leads to fairly short-lived blooms of salps, which eventually filter out most of the phytoplankton. The bloom ends when there is no longer enough food to sustain the enormous population of salps. 

Diet: Phytoplankton

Salps are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas, where they can be seen at the surface, singly or in long, stringy colonies. The most abundant concentrations of salps are in the Southern Ocean 

Depth: 1-?m
Habitat: Pelagic 
Similar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Riaan Rossouw-(East Londen) 2010-06-16 East Londen Bonza Bay (EL)-Three Sisters 17 1000m 6m Panasonic DMC FX10 photo
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