Rhopalaea Idoneta - A New Ascidian Species from the Gulf of Eilat

Agriculture/Environmental Sciences

Dr. Noa Shenkar
Tel-Aviv University and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Ascidians are invertebrate marine organisms which compete with corals and other species over free substrate and can cause damage to artificial structures, but are also a source for new drugs. This study described a new species to science demonstrating the ability to transition from a solitary lifestyle to a colonial lifestyle and back, promoting our understanding of development and speciation in marine environments.