Solitary tunicates on underwater panel

Viviana Bravo, Smithsonian Institution
June 9, 2022
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Viviana Bravo, Smithsonian Institution

Solitary tunicates dominate this underwater settlement panel in Panama City. The panel was protected from predators via caging for the duration of the 12-week experiment. This allowed the tunicates—a popular prey item—to flourish when they otherwise would have been eaten. 

SI-217-2022

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