APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Polycarpa violacea (Alder, 1863) ? - A sea squirt (Tunicate images)
Sea squirt
Polycarpa violacea
- two specimens on scallop 1

Sea squirt
Polycarpa violacea
- two specimens on scallop 2

Sea squirt
Polycarpa violacea
- two specimens on scallop 3

Sea squirt
Polycarpa violacea
- close-up of siphons 1

Sea squirt
Polycarpa violacea
- close-up of siphon 1

Sea squirt
Polycarpa violacea
- location 1

Specimen above found on a discarded shell valve of the Great scallop, Pecten maximus, on the lowershore at North Quay, Hayle, Cornwall. 29.09.14.

The specimens above represent something that has been taken away from its habitat, discarded, and allowed to desiccate on a beach. They may represent the species but they are also specimens that were likely stressed beyond recovery.

Polycarpa violacea was first discovered in the Menai Straight, Wales by Joshua Alder in 1862 on a shell valve of the Great Scallop.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Polycarpa violacea on the great scallop Pecten maximus Sea squirt Tunicate Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.