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Name derivation:

"Comb-bearers" -- Comb Cteno- bearers -phores


Soft "jelly-like" bodies bearing eight rows of cilia that refract light into a rainbow of spectra. Some are bioluminescent. Size is from a few centimeters to nearly 1 m. The large forms are the largest animals to be propelled by cilia.

Similar genera:

Cnidaria, or "jellyfish", have stinging cells instead of cilia.


Marine plankton. Often overlooked in plankton net hauls because their soft bodies are shredded by the long hauls and water pressure, so their remains pass through the net pores.