Species Factsheet

Mnemiopsis leidyi


Complete name: Mnemiopsis leidyi A. Agassiz, 1865
Taxonomy: Ectoprocta » Ctenophora » Tentaculata » Lobata » Bolinopsidae » Mnemiopsis leidyi
Authors: Tamara Shiganova and Vadim Panov
Last updated: November 2nd, 2006

Common Names

Sea walnut, comb jelly.


Mnemiopsis gardeni L. Agassiz,1980
Mnemiopsis mccradyi Mayer,1900
Mnemiopsis leidyi

Short Description

A comb jelly, length up to 100 mm. The body is laterally compressed, it has four rows of small ciliated combs which are iridescent by day and may glow green by night. The colour is usually transparent or slightly milky and translucent. Feeds on holoplankton, meroplankton (larvae of benthic organisms), fish eggs and larvae.