Pyura irregularis

Pyura irregularis

Size: 6 cm

Distribution: Few SA records. Gulf waters

Habitat: Rocky reef under rocks

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Pyura irregularis

This distinctive white to cream ascidian is usually lightly to moderately encrusted. Its test is marked by large depressions and sharp ridges, and its long siphons are furrowed. This gives it the appearance of having been deflated. The long siphons distinguish it from similar species, such as Cnemidocarpa radicosa.