Venus girdle

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Venus girdle
Cestum veneris in Hawaii.png
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Ctenophora
Class: Tentaculata
Order: Cestida
Family: Cestidae
Genus: Cestum
Lesueur, 1813
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]


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 in which bioluminesce activates when disturbed.[2]


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


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]


  1. ^ "WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species - Cestum veneris Lesueur, 1813". Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Wrobel D. & Mills C. 2003. Has no bell, no tentacles,found in the Mediterranean Sea. Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates: a guide to the common gelatinous animals. Sea Challengers. ISBN 0-930118-23-5