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This solitary ascidian is found partially buried in clean gravel or shell gravel, protruding slightly from the surface. The siphons are long and tapering in expansion. The test is covered with fibrils which trap and adhere to sand particles. Molgula occulta lives in more muddy sediments and Molgula oculata in coarser sediments. Both have shorter siphons and are less conspicuous than this species.


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Source: Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

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