Genus: Pyrostremma

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Two species worldwide, both of which have wide pelagic distributions that include southern African seas.

Species native to southern Africa

Information from World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).

Pyrostremma agassizi (Strawberry jam fire salp)

A fairly common species found in all oceans from 40N to 45S.

Pyrostremma spinosum (Giant fire salp)

Occurs in all oceans from 40N to 45S (Van Soest 1981).


  • van Soest RWM. 1981. A monograph of the order Pyrosomatida (Tunicata, Thaliacea). Journal of Plankton Research 3(4): 603631.

Text by Hamish Robertson

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