Fact Friday

Although tunicates may at first glance appear to be related to sponges or sea anemones, they’re actually in the same phylum as humans and other vertebrates – Chordata. In their larval form, tunicates look like tadpoles, with a notochord and nerve chord (which become the spine and spinal cord in vertebrates).

Photo Credit: Ken Marks

Need Help?

Send us an email


For Students

Other Materials

This page has educational materials that do not currently fit into our Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum. Here you will find additional lessons and videos we have developed.  For more videos, check out our YouTube channel.