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Lollipop Tunicate Seen in Malapascua, Philippines (2012). Photo by Mark Bockstael (my husband).<br />
 It is a very curious-looking tunicate with multiple zooids in each branched stem. Fall,Geotagged,Nephtheis fascicularis,Philippines Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Lollipop Tunicate

Seen in Malapascua, Philippines (2012). Photo by Mark Bockstael (my husband).
It is a very curious-looking tunicate with multiple zooids in each branched stem.

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''Nephtheis fascicularis'', commonly called the lollipop tunicate, lollipop coral, or blue palm coral, is a species of tunicate that is native to the shallow reefs of Indonesia. It is the only species in its genus ''Nephtheis''. They are not photosynthetic, and live on plankton and small organic particles obtained from the water currents. The branched stems are formed by tiny polyps called zooids.

Similar species: Enterogona
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Jul 3, 2016. Captured Oct 17, 2012 08:19 in Unnamed Road, Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines.
  • DC1400
  • f/2.9
  • 1/64s
  • ISO128
  • 5.5mm