Phylliroe bucephala Lamarck, 1816
of this species is elongate and streamlined, tapering to a slightly
expanded "tail." On the head are two long rhinophores. The reproductive
and digestive glands can be seen through the transparent body. Its broader profile and longer rhinophores
distinguish it from Cephalopyge trematoides. A few iridescent-white flecks are
present along the dorsal and ventral margins.
Natural history: Phylliroe bucephala is a pelagic species that is rarely seen in near-shore waters at night.
Young animals feed on the hydromedusa, Zanclea costata attaching themselves to the bell of the medusa by their pedal gland. Adults
swim by means of lateral undulations. They may feed on hydromedusa,
siphonophores and larvaceans. They are also bioluminescent. (Lalli & Gilmer,
Big Island: circumtropical.
Taxonomic notes: It was first recorded in Hawaii off the Kona Coast of the Big Island by Joe Weston.
Photo: Joe Weston: 3 miles off the Kona Coast, Big Island; 12 m (40 ft) from the surface, at night.
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