Latest Botryllus schlosseri Stories
An international team of molecular scientists have discovered that star ascidians, also known as sea squirts, have pacemaker cells similar to that of the human heart.
Studies of the small sea squirt may ultimately help solve the problem of rejection of organ and bone marrow transplants in humans, according to scientists at UC Santa Barbara.
The Star Ascidian (Botryllus schlosseri), also known as the Golden Star Tunicate, is a species of invasive ascidian tunicate which can be found almost throughout the world’s oceans. Its native range is within the Atlantic Ocean from the Bay of Fundy to North Carolina, and is the most common colonial tunicate in North America. It grows on slow-moving, submerged objects, plants, and animals in near shore environments. This invasive colonial zooid grows to less than 0.25 inches in size....
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.