Friday, September 21, 2012
I always feel like the poor Ctenophora get short-shrift in Invertebrate Zoology, in the mad dash to get through 30+ phyla in a 10-week term. So for some extra ctenophore wisdom, this is an excellent summary by Claudia Mills. I knew Claudia from from my days as a UW grad student doing research at Friday HarborLabs. I have memories of her walking along the FHL dock, scooping up various jellies (hydromedusae as well as ctenophores) using a plastic beaker attached to the end of a long pole. This is the video I showed in class, in case you want to see it again. Its awesomeness is marred only by a minor misspelling of the critter's name. BEROE.
Even though I spend more time talking about Cnidaria in class than the virtually neglected ctenophores, they’re over far too quickly as well. For a bit more on a Hydrozoan order that is unusual in entirely lacking a polyp stage, check out this videoabout Narcomedusae by our very own Riley Thompson.