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Pelagic Tunicate-Oikopleura dioica 6-3-16 -66 LN.jpg

Oikopleura dioica, Oikopleura dioica is a species of small pelagic tunicate found in the surface waters of most of the world's oceans. It is used as a model organism in research into developmental the only species of appendicularian to have separate sexes; others are hermaphrodites. They secrete mucus filtering structures called houses.  Phylum‎: ‎Chordata, Class‎: ‎Appendicularia<br />
Genus‎: ‎Oikopleura; Lohmann, 1896	Family‎: ‎Oikopleurida ID from Wyatt Patry., Black Water Dive onboard Sirena, Gulfstream Current over 600' depth