Venus’s Girdleexternal image madin-DSC0549_93833.jpg

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Ctenophora
Class Tentaculata
Order Cestida
Family Cestidae
Genus Cestum
Species Cestum veneris(venus girdle)

Physical characteristics

Venus's Girdles are ribbon shaped, reaching a length of almost 5 feet (1.5 meters) but a width of only about 3 inches (8 centimeters). The Venus's Girdle is fringed with comb rows the mouth is in the center.

Geographic range

Venus's Girdle live in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Antarctic waters, and the Mediterranean Sea.


Venus's Girdle live on the surface waters of the sea.


Venus's Girdle eat small crustaceans and mollusks.


Venus's Girdle swim across the water 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 meters) before moving up or down 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) and reversing direction. Using this behavior, the Venus's Girdle retraces its original path but 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) above or below it. A Venus's Girdle captures prey with the cilia on its body and use the combs to generate small whirlpools that increase prey movement which makes it easier to capture as it moves back and forth through the water. Venus's Girdles have an escape behavior that consists of snakelike movements of the long body that allows it to move several of its body lengths in seconds.


Venus's Girdle make both eggs and sperm. They release the eggs and sperms into the water for fertilization and development of larvae outside the body.

Venus's girdles and people

No importance

Conservation status

Venus's Girdle are not threatened or endangered.