Macrophoto of a jellyfish, Leuckatiara octona

Macrophoto of a jellyfish, Leuckatiara octona

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Jellyfish. Macrophotograph of a free-swimming jellyfish or medusa, Leuckatiara octona. The projection at the tip of the bell-like body is filled with jelly, and is a distinguishing feature of this genus. The jellyfish has tentacles armed with stinging cells (nematocysts) which it uses to capture copepods, small fish and small squid. It swims by contracting a layer of muscles around its rim. These simple creatures have a body which is symmetrical about its axis. They have a nervous system without a brain, and have a gut but no anus. This specimen was collected in the Mediterranean Sea. Magnification: x0.5 at 6x4.5cm size.

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Keywords: animal, coelenterate, invertebrate, invertebrates, jellyfish, leuckatiara octona, leuckatiara sp., nature, wildlife, zoology

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