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  • proper n. A taxonomic phylum within the superphylum Radiata — the sea walnuts or comb jellies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A phylum of invertebrates, commonly ellipsoidal in shape, swimming by means of eight longitudinal rows of paddles. They are commonly called the comb jellies, because the separate paddles somewhat resemble combs. This phylum was formerly classified as a subdivision (class) within the Cœlenterata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A class of Cœlenterata; formerly, an order of acalephs.
  • n. A genus of crane-flies, of the family Tipulidæ, characterized by the lateral processes of the antennal joints of the male, whence the name. There are 9 European and 7 North American species. The larvæ live in dead wood. The genus was founded by Meigen in 1803.
  • n. A genus of spiders, of the family Theridiidæ, based by Blackwall in 1870 upon a Sicilian species, C. monticola.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. comb jellies; sea acorns; a small phylum formerly considered a class of Coelenterata


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  • For the first time, HMG domain sequences from non-bilaterian phyla (Calcispongia, Demospongiae, Ctenophora and Cnidaria) have been included in a phylogenetic study of the SOX family.

    As Expected

  • The book also uses the archaic term "Coelenterata" as a phylum comprising the subphyla Cnidaria (jellyfish and anemones) and Ctenophora (sea gooseberries).

    New art

  • Cnidaria and Ctenophora are now classified as separate phyla, and the term "coelenterate" sent off to the rubbish heap of obsolete biological terms.

    New art

  • Ctenophora, which, indeed, he mentioned in his memoir as being related to the others, but reserved fuller consideration for a future occasion.

    Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • The members of this great division of the animal kingdom are the creatures which Huxley selected and placed together, with the addition of the sea-anemones and the medusa-like Ctenophora, which, indeed, he mentioned in his memoir as being related to the others, but reserved fuller consideration for a future occasion.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • The property of emitting a phosphorescent light, sometimes spontaneously and sometimes on being stimulated, is likewise exemplified in the Ctenophora, a group resembling the Medusidge in the jelly-like character of their bodies, but more closely allied in structure to the Actinozoa.

    Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky

  • Ctenophora and Medusæ, though one would have supposed he would, from its superficial resemblance to polyps, have placed it among the polyps.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution His Life and Work

  • Subsequently I had the wished-for opportunity of tracing the development of a Hyperia which is not uncommon upon Ctenophora, especially Beroe gilva, Eschsch. The youngest larva from the brood-pouch of the mother already possess THE

    Facts and Arguments for Darwin

  • Most of them belong in the phylum Cnidaria, except for the comb jellies, which comprise the phylum Ctenophora.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The new species also belongs to Ctenophora, a "strange and poorly known" group of animals, said Gershwin, curator of natural science at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Tasmania.

    Signs of the Times


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