Venus girdle

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Venus girdle
Venus girdle at Rocky Bay DSC07766.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Ctenophora
Class: Tentaculata
Subclass: Cyclocoela
Order: Cestida
Family: Cestidae
Genus: Cestum
Lesueur, 1813
Species: C. veneris
Binomial name
Cestum veneris
Lesueur, 1813

The Venus girdle, Cestum veneris, is a comb jelly in the family Cestidae. It is the only member of its genus, Cestum.[1]

Description[edit]

Venus girdles resemble transparent ribbons with iridescent edges. They may grow up to a metre in total length. Canals run the length of the ribbon which bioluminesce when disturbed. [2]

Distribution[edit]

This colonial animal is pelagic and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide in midwater.[2]

Ecology[edit]

These animals swim horizontally using muscular contractions as well as the beating of the comb rows. The oral edge leads. They eat small crustaceans.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=106363 accessed 10 September 2013
  2. ^ a b c Wrobel D. & Mills C. 2003. Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates: a guide to the common gelatinous animals. Sea Challengers. ISBN 0-930118-23-5