September 21, 2012

rhamphotheca:

Diaphanous and Gelatinous Zooplankton

Census of Marine Life scientists trawled rarely explored tropical ocean depths between the southeast U.S. coast and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, revealing a newfound variety of zooplankton and other small creatures.

images:

TL - Tompteris sp. (polychaete - pelagic worm)

TR - Athorybia (siphonophore - colonial jelly)

2L - Dolioletta (pelagic tunicate - adult with young)

2R - Thalassocalyce (ctenophore - comb jelly)

3L - Jeweled Squid (Histioteuthis sp.)

3R - Lucifer typica (decapod crustacean)

BL - Cuvierina columnella, wings out (pteropod mollusc)

BR - Atlanta peroni (pteropod mollusc)

(photos: Credit: NOAA, Census of Marine Life)

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