Venus's girdle, a type of comb jellyfish

Venus's girdle, a type of comb jellyfish

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Venus's Girdle. Macrophotograph of a coiled, ribbon-like Venus's Girdle or Sea Sword, Cestus veneris, appearing glassy-blue. C. veneris is a comb jellyfish which feeds on plankton. It has rows of tiny, cilia-like tentacles along the length of its body. These capture plankton and direct it to the creature's mouth. C. veneris can grow up to 8cm wide and 150 cm long. Whilst feeding, C. veneris normally hangs straight in the water and is almost transparent but for a greenish-gold glimmer from the tentacles. When disturbed it swims with snake-like movements and appears blue. Venus's Girdle also has the ability to phosphoresce at night.

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Keywords: animal, cestus veneris, coelenterate, comb jellyfish, invertebrate, invertebrates, jellyfish, nature, plankton feeder, sea sword, venus's girdle, wildlife, zoology

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