New Tasmanian comb jelly

This lovely comb jelly is a new species discovered in early March by Lisa Gershwin, an Australian marine biologist. Comb jellies, also called ctenophores, are not related to jellyfish – instead of stinging cells they have fine combs or “ctenes” of cilia. The rainbow colors are caused by light refracted off the rows of beating cilia.

According to National Geographic, Dr. Gershwin has discovered over 159 new species in Australia, and wonders “…how many fragile species are out there, right under our noses, that we have overlooked…”

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6 Responses to New Tasmanian comb jelly

  1. Irradiatus says:

    It’s almost unbelievable how amazing ctenophors are. Pure beauty.

    “not related to jellyfish”

    at all??
    ;)

    *unnecessary harrassment

  2. Art says:

    Damn that’s pretty.

  3. Taxonomic troll! But if you must…their taxonomic position is unclear. Molecular evidence suggests they are a basal sister group to cnidarians, but morphological work suggests they are closer to the deuterostomes. Paging Christopher Taylor

  4. Since there’s usually giant blooms of ctenophores in Long Island Sound and Narragansett Bay every summer, you can see some for yourself if you want!

  5. Mari says:

    Hehe B, you are right, as nice as the style is it only lasts for a week, MAYBE two. I only wore them for two weeks then got them washed out lol, and even when I tried to lock the coils they would just diesapapr entirely into an afro! Come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody else wear comb coils either, except me.

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