Record of pyrosoma atlanticum (pyrosomidae, ascidiacea) from the Bay of Bengal

K.J. Peter


During the 21st cruise of R.V. Gaveshani in the Bay of Bengal in August 1977, a big colony of Pyrosoma, about 100 cm long and 50 cm wide, was located in the surface layers of water about 320 km off Kakinada. A portion of a similar colony was collected in the plankton net about 200 km south east of this station. The colony was incomplete and partly damaged due to the cyclonic weather conditions. However, the species could be identified as Pyrosoma atlanticum. The earlier records and description of the species are discussed


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