Kōrero: Marine animals without backbones

Comb jelly

Comb jelly

Comb jellies such as this Pleurobrachia pileus are common in coastal plankton. They are exclusively carnivorous and prey on smaller animal plankton. Clearly visible here are the eight comb-like rows of cilia (hair-like structures) that propel the animal through the water. Most comb jellies are bioluminescent and will produce bright flashes of light if disturbed.

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Photograph by Peter Batson

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Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Marine animals without backbones - Sponges and jellies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5850/comb-jelly (accessed 23 May 2024)

He kōrero nā Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006