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Any of various marine invertebrates of the phylum Ctenophora, having transparent or translucent gelatinous bodies bearing eight rows of comblike cilia used for swimming. Many ctenophores are bioluminescent. Also called comb jelly.

[From New Latin Ctenophora, phylum name : Greek kteis, kten-, comb + New Latin -phora, from neuter pl. of Greek -phoros, -phore.]

cte·noph′o·ran (tĭ-nŏf′ər-ən) adj.
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(ˈtɛnəˌfɔː; ˈtiːnə-)
(Animals) any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, including the sea gooseberry and Venus's-girdle, whose body bears eight rows of fused cilia, for locomotion. Also called: comb jelly
[C19: from New Latin ctenophorus, from Greek kteno-, kteis comb + -phore]
ctenophoran adj, n
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comb′ jel`ly

any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, having an oval, transparent body with eight rows of comblike ciliated bands used for swimming. Also called ctenophore.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ctenophore - biradially symmetrical hermaphroditic solitary marine animals resembling jellyfishes having for locomotion eight rows of cilia arranged like teeth in a combctenophore - biradially symmetrical hermaphroditic solitary marine animals resembling jellyfishes having for locomotion eight rows of cilia arranged like teeth in a comb
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
Ctenophora, phylum Ctenophora - comb jellies; sea acorns; a small phylum formerly considered a class of Coelenterata
comb-plate, ctene - a locomotor organ consisting of a row of strong cilia whose bases are fused
beroe - delicately iridescent thimble-shaped ctenophores
platyctenean - ctenophore have long tentacles and flattened body
sea gooseberry - ctenophore having a rounded body with longitudinal rows of cilia
Cestum veneris, Venus's girdle - ctenophore having a ribbon-shaped iridescent gelatinous body
comb - ciliated comb-like swimming plate of a ctenophore
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We hypothesized that ctenophore colloblasts contained a catechol-based adhesive, chemically similar to that found in mussel byssus, because both systems need to adhere to a variety of surfaces in a marine environment.
In a photograph from the summer of 1897 taken at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts (figure 1), (1) she is depicted in the center of the image, looking on as her brother Leo Stein holds up a collecting jar into which he has just captured a ctenophore, an invertebrate organism consisting of a jelly-like body and cilia for locomotion.
Baxevanis, "The homeodomain complement of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi suggests that Ctenophora and Porifera diverged prior to the ParaHoxozoa," EvoDevo, vol.
Martindale, "Developmental expression of "germline"- and "sex determination"-related genes in the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi," EvoDevo, vol.
Our results from that work suggested that the relative occurrence of Ctenophora in spiny dogfish stomachs was increasing from 1981 to 2000, and after examining several assumptions, our results implied that ctenophore abundance was greatly increasing in the Northeast U.S.
One final observation from this day was of one specimen of the sessile ctenophore, Coeloplana willeyi Abbott, 1902, observed in the field on the same seagrass as the Stauromedusae.
Eker-Develi, "Impact of a new invasive ctenophore (Mnemiopsis leidyi) on the zooplankton community of the Southern Caspian sea," Marine Ecology, vol.
The topics selected for this year include climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, jellyfish and ctenophore blooms coincide with human proliferations and environmental perturbations, overturning in the North Atlantic, serpentine mud volcanism, and the ecology and molecular diversity of marine fungi.
(2008) in their succession chapter give two examples of human actions causing communities "to shift to alternative [stable] states," both involving introduced species-Caulerpa taxifolia in the Mediterranean and the western Atlantic ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi in the Black Sea.