Significance to humans

At times, some thaliaceans can become so abundant that they can outcompete other herbivores at the base of the oceanic food web, such as copepods. Copepods are important in the diet of young fish species that humans rely on for food. In this way, the thaliaceans have a negative impact on human fishing activities.

1. Salp {Thetys vagina), 2. Salp {Cyclosalpa affinis), S. Salp {Salpa fusiformis), 4. Salp {Thalia democratica), S. Pyrosome {Pyrosoma atlanticum), B. Doliolid {Dolioletta gegenbauri). {Illustration by Emily Damstra)

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