CLASSIFICATION OF PERICOLPA​

PHYLUM :- COELENTRATA (Tissue grade, diploblastic and acoelomate. )

CLASS :- SCYPHOZOA (Medusa well developed, hydroid reduced.)

ORDER :- CORONATAE (Umbrella divided by horizontal coronary groove.)

GENUS :- Pericolpa

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

  • Cosmopolitan, open sea form especially found in Greenland and Gulf Stream.

HABIT AND HABITAT

  • Pericolpa is marine, and solitary, typically inhabitant of deeper waters of ocean. They are obtained only by deep-sea dredging expeditions.

PERICOLPA

GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF PERICOLPA​

  • Pericolpa is a beautiful scyphozoan medusa in which umbrella is divided by a horizontal furrow called as coronary groove. 
  • Umbrella is usually conical in shape and is divided into apical region or cone and marginal region or crown by furrow. 
  • Crown is again divided by second horizontal furrow into a series of anterior pedal lobes, and a series of posterior marginal lappets forming free edge of the bell.
  • Pedal lobes and marginal lappets lie in same radii.
  • Four interradial pedal lobes bear tentaculocysts.
  • Other four perradially situated pedal lobes give long hollow tentacles.
  • Mouth is large and leads into a spacious stomach by a wide manubrium.

IDENTIFICATION

  • The animal contains cone, crown, pedal lobes, marginal lappets and all above characters hence it is Pericolpa.
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