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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Ascidiacea (class)  »  Aplousobranchia (order)  »  Didemnidae (family)

CAAB Code: 35 013294 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Didemnum vexillum   Kott, 2002

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 35 - Tunicata Tunicates (ascidians, larvaceans and salps)
Family: 35 13 Didemnidae (ascidians, sea squirts) - show full list
Common Name: [an ascidian (sea squirt)]
Organism Type: an ascidian (sea squirt)
Synonyms: Didemnum vestum
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Marine unspecified
Parent Codes: 35 013903     Didemnum spp.
Taxon Notes:This invasive species, which was described from New Zealand but is probably native to Japan, has recently been recorded from southern New South Wales. It has also been widely recorded from North America and Europe, and is regarded as a pest species as it grows rapidly and will smother other sessile marine life.

AFD NZOR-6-4554
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-01-11
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
Record source and
Scientific Name
verified against
Kott, P., 2002. A complex didemnid ascidian from Whangamata, New Zealand., Journal of Marine Biology Association of the United Kingdom, Vol. 82: 625-628.
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