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Corella inflata
Image courtesy of Christina Simkanin, Univeristy of Victoria, B.C. Canada
Corella inflata
Taxonomic Group: Tunicates

Overview:

Corella inflata is a solitary tunicate with an oblong-oval body, which is distorted by a greatly enlarged atrial chamber, giving it a roughly cubical shape. For a time, its identity was confused with Corella willmeriana, but in 1981 they were distinguished as two species. Its native range spans Alaska, British Columbia and Puget Sound, Washington. Introduced populations have been reported from Coos Bay, Oregon, and Humbolt Bay and San Francisco Bay in California. The most likely transport vector for these introduced populations is ship or boat fouling. Specific impacts of C. inflata have not been reported.

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Citation:

Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT. .
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/.
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