Tag: Salps (Salpidae)

Salps are free-swimming tunicates which although similar in appearance to "jellies", are actually more closely related to vertibrates!

Due to their similar appearance, Salps are often grouped with these jellies under the term "Gelatinous Zooplankton" as a catch-all phrase for "fragile animals that live in the water column of the oceans".

It is also worth noting that whilst ALL jellyfish are Gelatinous Zooplankton, not all Gelatinous Zooplankton are jellyfish. Salps fall into the later category...

In local waters, Salps can be seen either singularly or forming long chains. Their appearance seems to be of a seasonal nature as they tend to appear in vast blooms at certain times of the year, whilst they are almost non-existant during others.

Salps are free-swimming tunicates which although similar in appearance to "jellies", are actually more closely related to vertibrates!

Due to their similar appearance, Salps are often grouped with these jellies under the term "Gelatinous Zooplankton" as a catch-all phrase for "fragile animals that live in the water column of the oceans".

It is also worth noting that whilst ALL jellyfish are Gelatinous Zooplankton, not all Gelatinous Zooplankton are jellyfish. Salps fall into the later category...

In local waters, Salps can be seen either singularly or forming long chains. Their appearance seems to be of a seasonal nature as they tend to appear in vast blooms at certain times of the year, whilst they are almost non-existant during others.

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Salps (Salpidae)

A close-up of a single Salp showing its primitive internal organs.

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Salps (Salpidae)

A typical "chain" of Salps which can be found locally in vast numbers at certain times of year.