Hormiphora californensis

Class: Tentaculata
Order: Cydippida
Family: Pleurobrachiidae
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Hormiphora are oblong shaped, large bodied comb jellies. They are often found in the southern region of California. These comb jellies have long, extensive tentacles on the side opposite their mouth. In eating, they contract their tentacles in a spinning fashion to bring food into their mouth. In predation, Hormiphora use their sticky side branches, which are lined along their tentacles, to capture prey such as zooplankton, copepods, euphausids, and other crustaceans. Their transparent body make them hard to see in the water, allowing them to be stealthy.
Velamen parallelum
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