CLASSIFICATION OF CERATELLA
Cosmopolitan, but most common in India, Canada and U.S.A.
HABIT AND HABITAT
Ceratella is a colonial. Sedentary hydroid coelenterate.
GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF CERATELLA
- Tree like and highly branched.
- Branches arising from central axis or hydrorhiza are intertwining and anastomosing.
- Ceratella has sea fan like appearance.
- Hydrothecae cover polyps and gonothecae enclose medusae.
- Medusae bear gonads on the manubrium and devoid of lithocytes.
- Eye-spots are present.
The specimen has anastomosing fern-like appearance and all above features hence it is Ceratella.