Saturday, 11 February 2017

Venus girdle - Cestum veneris Lesueur, 1813 - Cyprus

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

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.

This species is pelagic and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide in midwater

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

Underwater photos 28/01/2017  at Akrotiri by Kostas Aristeidou

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