Volvent nematocyst, artwork

Volvent nematocyst, artwork

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Credit: FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Volvent nematocyst, artwork. Nematocysts, or cnidocysts, are usually venomous threads that are found in Cnidaria, which includes jellyfish, sea anemones and corals. A volvent nematocyst doesn't contain any venom. Instead it wraps around its prey, entrapping it. The thread is fired from a capsule within a nematocyte, or cnidocyte, a specialised organelle. Firing is initiated when a hair-like trigger, the cnidocil (at top right of structure) is activated by passing prey.

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