CLASSIFICATION OF BEROE

PHYLUM :- CTENOPHORA (Biradially symmetrical. Radiata without nematocysts. )

CLASS :- NUDA  (Without tentacles)

ORDER :- BEROIDA (Conical form with wide mouth and pharynx )

GENUS :- BEROE

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

Beroe is found in cold sea waters.

HABIT AND HABITAT

It is abundantly found along Pacific coast, Mediterranean and Chesapeake Bay to Florida.

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GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF BEROE

  • Commonly called as Mitre jelly-fish. 
  • Body is conical or thimble-shaped, compressed in the lateral plane with no trace of tentacles or tentacle sheaths
  • Animal is of pink colour, measuring approximately 20 cm in height.
  • Rounded aboral end contains statocyst and branched papillae. 
  • Major parts in the body consists of aboral canals, pharyngeal canals, meridional canals and comb rows. 
  • Truncated oral end contains mouth. 
  • Comb rows extend up to the middle of the body. 
  • Meridional and pharyngeal canals give off along their lengths numerous branched lateral diverticulae forming a network.
  • Above canals unite to form a ring canal along the mouth rim. 
  • There are 4 comb plates running whole length or upto half depending on species.
  • Animal is voracious . feeder, swallowing crustaceans and other ctenophores even larger than itself.
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IDENTIFICATION

Besides thimble shape, specimen has all above characters, hence it is Beroe.

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