Bloodbelly Comb Jelly (Lampocteis cruentiventer)

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Lampocteis cruentiventer, the bloodybelly comb jelly, is the only species in its genus, Lampocteis, which is the only genus in family Lampoctenidae.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Ctenophora
Class: Tentaculata
Order: Lobata
Family: Lampoctenidae
Genus: Lampocteis
Species: Lampocteis cruentiventer

  • Ranges in color from deep red, purple, or black to pale purple, always has a blood red stomach, hence the name
  • 1.5 to 16 cm in length and 1.2 to 10 cm in width
  • The cilia found on its combs appear to sparkle, due to reflection or refraction

  • It was first collected in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of San Diego, California in 1979

  • Unknown (probably microscopic zooplankton and plankton)

  • The color of its belly might hide its bioluminescence and protect itself from potential predators