comb jelly

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Comb jellies
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From their prominent bands of cilia, and their jelly-like texture and resemblance to jellyfish.


comb jelly (plural comb jellies)

  1. A jelly-like marine animal of the phylum Ctenophora; a ctenophore.
    • 1870, William Dallas, translation of Ernst Haeckel, “On the Organization of Sponges, and their Relationship to the Corals”, The Annals and Magazine of Natural History, fourth series, volume 5, page 7:
      Comb-jellies (Ctenophoræ).
    • 1907, Buel P. Colton, Zoölogy, Heath, part 1, page 330:
      Ctenophora, the “comb jellies.”
    • 1976, Sears Crowell, “An Edwardsiid Larva Parasitic in Mnemiopsis”, in Coelenterate Ecology and Behavior, Plenum, →ISBN, page 249:
      After contacting the surface of a comb jelly, a larva is often moved about by the comb plates and cilia of the host, but eventually it may stick at a comparatively undisturbed spot.
    • 2002, Olivia Judson, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation, Metropolitan,, →ISBN, page 56:
      Have you ever met a comb jelly, or ctenophore?
    • 2012, Charles Clover, ‘Up To Our Necks’, Literary Review, number 399:
      Roberts catalogues the other man-made threats to life in the sea: the introduction of alien species by means of ballast water, such as the warty comb jellies that took over the Black Sea [...].