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BC Tunicates : Online Taxonomic Key Application
Title: BC Tunicates : Online Taxonomic Key Application
Creator: Gartner, Heidi
Abstract: This key was designed to be easy-to-use and accessible to a diverse audience. As such, I have focused on describing gross morphology and external features as much as possible. Biologists searching for more detailed information on internal anatomy should consult the references listed at the bottom of each species description page. In some cases it is necessary to observe internal anatomy to make an identification. Following proper narcotisation and preservation some organisms will need to be dissected. For solitary and social tunicates, begin by cutting from the oral siphon towards the base until the tunicate opens like a book. Cut through the tunic, the body wall, and the pharynx, but carefully avoid the digestive and reproductive tracts. Remove the pharynx from the tunic (i.e., sever the pharynx from the digestive tract). Zooids and internal anatomy of colonial species can be observed by dislodging zooids from the tunic, either by prodding the colony surface or by cutting the colony parallel to the long axis of the zooids. [Information of the supplier]
Subject: Chordates (596)
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Audience: Intermediate; Experts
Language: English
Format: website
Resource type: Identification keys;
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Access: free
Metadata update date: 2012-09-24
Metadata provider: UBFfm
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