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Salps: Thaliacea

Behavior And Reproduction, Salps And People, Pyrosome (pyrosoma Atlanticum): Species Accounts, Salp (thalia Democratica): Species AccountsPHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS, GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

PYROSOME (Pyrosoma atlanticum): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SALP (Thalia democratica): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Salps are tiny, drifting sea animals that have a clear cylindrical body with openings at each end. Between the openings is a basketlike structure covered by a sheet of mucus. The jelly-like body wall contains bands of muscle. Most salps are 0.2 to 8 inches (5 millimeters to 20 centimeters) long. Some colonies are many feet (meters) long.


Salps live in warm and cool seas.


Most salps live near the surface, but some live in deeper water.


Salps eat plant plankton, or microscopic plants drifting in water.


Salps are not considered threatened or endangered.

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