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Image ID: 29758
Common Name: Siphonophore
Scientific Name: Marrus orthocanna
Location: Arctic Ocean
Description: An exotic firework? An alien spacecraft? No - this is a siphonophore, a colony of organisms related to jellyfish and corals. Up to 40cm long, this voracious predator captures and kills its prey using fine poisonous tentacles - retracted in this photo forming the orange mass at the base of the colony.
Keywords: Coelenterata, Cnidaria, Hydrozoa, Siphonophorae, Cystonectae, Physaliidae, Marrus orthocanna, siphonophore, colony, Arctic Ocean,
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