Nonindigenous Ascidians in Tropical Waters

  title={Nonindigenous Ascidians in Tropical Waters},
  author={Gretchen Lambert},
Ascidians (invertebrate chordates) are abundant in many ports around the world. Most of them are nonindigenous species that tolerate wide fluctuations in temperature, salinity, and even pollution. These sessile suspension feeders have a rapid growth rate, usually a short life span of a few months, reach sexual maturity when only a few weeks old, and produce large numbers of shortlived nonfeeding planktonic larvae. They thrive on marina floats, pilings, buoys, and boat bottoms in protected… CONTINUE READING
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