Fritillaria spp.

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Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans. Red and Mediterranean Seas.
Phytoplankton and other small particles.
Useful Facts or Characters: 

Genus Fritillaria: body consists of a short trunk and tail.  Mouth with lobes.  Tail wide and sharpened towards the distal end.

Several species have been reported from the coast of California.

Natural History: 

They secrete mucous-filtering structures called houses, which are used to trap small particles. They are filter feeders and simultaneous hermaphrodites.  


Fenaux, R., and S. Dallot (1980) Répartition des Appendiculaires au large des côtes de Californie. Journal of Plankton Research 2: 145-167.