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Pyrosoma atlanticum

(Pyrosoma atlanticum)

Description

Pyrosoma atlanticum is a pelagic species of marine colonial tunicate in the class Thaliacea found in temperate waters worldwide. The name of the genus comes from the Greek words pyros meaning 'fire' and soma meaning 'body', referring to the bright bioluminescence sometimes emitted. The specific epithet atlanticum refers to the Atlantic Ocean, from where the first specimen of the species was collected for scientific description; it was described in 1804 by François Péron, a French naturalist.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Thaliacea
Order:Pyrosomatida
Family:Pyrosomatidae
Genus:Pyrosoma
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