14 Dec '11, 3am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Tiny Ctenophores!

Wild Shores of Singapore: Tiny Ctenophores!

-- different from Ctenophore!) Commonly referred to as ‘comb jellies’. The name ‘Ctenophore’ means ‘comb-bearers’ (from the Greek root words of ‘ctene’ = comb and ‘phora’ = bearers). Usually these ‘combs’ are quite prominent on typical members of this phylum. These ‘combs’ are 8 distinct vertical rows of cilia that aid the Ctenophore to swim/move via beating (refer to that video of mine on the comb jellies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxfZd8eBPg4 , you can see the beating or rather, flapping in action). While superficially resembling cnidarian jellyfish, Ctenophores are not Cnidarians. To digress a little… (apologies!) Cnidarians are able to produce characteristic miniature capsules within specialized cells. These capsules are known as ‘cnidae’. The specialized cells that produce them are known as ‘cnidocytes’ or some books might call it ‘cnidoblast’. The most well know...

Full article: http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2011/12/tiny-ctenophores.html

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