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Pyura spinifera.jpg
The sea tulip Pyura spinifera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Tunicata
Class: Ascidiacea
Order: Pleurogona
Suborder: Stolidobranchia
Family: Pyuridae
Genus: Pyura
Molina, 1782
Species: see text

Pyura is a large genus of sessile ascidians that live in coastal waters at depths of up to 80 m (260 feet). Like all ascidians, Pyura are filter feeders.


Species in this genus include[1]


  1. ^ accessed 13 August 2010
  2. ^ Rius, Marc; Peter R. Teske (2011). "A revision of the Pyura stolonifera species complex (Tunicata, Ascidiacea), with a description of a new species from Australia" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2754: 27–40. 
  3. ^ Rius, M. and Teske, P.R. (2013) Cryptic diversity in coastal Australasia: a morphological and mito-nuclear genetic analysis of habitat-forming sibling species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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