Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

Styela clava (Tunicata: Ascidiacea)—a new addition to the fauna of the Portuguese coast

Martin H.  Davis a1c1 and Mary E.  Davis a2
a1 Nuclear Department, HMS SULTAN, Military Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 3BY, UK
a2 Fawley Biofouling Services, 270 Burgess Road, Swaythling, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 3BE, UK, E-mail:

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davis mh   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
davis me   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


The solitary ascidian Styela clava is recorded for the first time in Portuguese waters. It was found at three sites on the west coast of Portugal. This represents the southern limit of its recorded distribution in European waters. The Portuguese specimens are described and compared with UK specimens.

(Received March 12 2004)
(Accepted December 23 2004)

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