Marine Pests

Australian Droplet Tunicate

Scientific NameEudistoma elongatum
Found east coast of Northland. Generally 5–20 mm in diameter.
Tunic 5-30cm long but can reach 1.5m. Tunic contains many small individual organisms - can sometimes appear orange-flecked owing to the presence of bright orange larvae.

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  • Can form dense colonies
  • Displaces native and fisheries species
  • Smothers beaches, rocks, tidepools
  • Fouls boats, aquaculture installations and other marine structures

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