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Benthic Ctenophores
Benthic ctenophores are relatives of the more familiar planktonic comb jellies. They are highly flattened animals that cling to algae or live as commensals on other invertebrates. They may be distinguished from both nudibranchs and flatworms by their thread-like, branched, retractile tentacles that they use to snare prey.

Representative Hawaiian species:
Coeloplana willeyi
Coeloplana willeyi
CP: Airport Beach, Maui
June 1, 2008
Coeloplana cf. bannwarthii
Coeloplana cf. bannwarthii
on Echinothrix calamaris
CP:  Black Rock, Maui
May 25, 2008
Coeloplana sp. #2
Coeloplana sp. #2
CP: Hekili Point, Maui
Nov. 25, 2002
For more information see:
 
Keoki Stender's benthic ctenophore page
Benthic ctenophores on the Sea Slug Forum
Claudia Mills' ctenophore site
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