Mnemiopsis leidyi A. Agassiz, 1865.
OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.
Lobate ctenophore reach 3.9 in (10 cm) in length and with four deep lateral furrows from the edges of the oral lobes to the stato-cyst. The oral lobes are smooth and elongate, as are the auricles.
West coast of the Atlantic Ocean and, more recently, the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
Shallow waters, near shore, and in bays and estuaries. BEHAVIOR
There are two distinct feeding behaviors: either swimming (oral end first) or being stationary (with the oral end down). The majority of time is spent actively swimming vertically, with the latter behavior being seen primarily in the lab and likely being an energy-conserving behavior.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on barnacle nauplii, small zooplankters, copepods, and both fish eggs and larvae.
Nothing is known.
Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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