Pyrosome (Pyrosoma sp.)

Pyrosome (Pyrosoma sp.)

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Credit: Dante Fenolio/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This Pyrosome, genus Pyrosoma, is a free-floating colony of tunicates. Many species are bioluminescent and can glow for extended periods of time. Most pyrosomes are less than a foot in length but several species grow to longer lengths - reaching 60 feet in one species. This specimen was photographed in the Florida Straits, July 2016 but is also common in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Keywords: animal, ascidian, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, colonial, colony, deep sea, deep water species, fauna, florida straits, glow in the dark, glowing, gulf of mexico, invertebrate, mesopelagic, midwater, necton, oceanic species, pelagic, pelagos, photophores, pyrosoma, pyrosome, pyrosomida, thaliacea, tunicata, tunicate, wildlife, zooplankton

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