comb jelly


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Recent Examples on the Web Despite being superficially similar and about equally as old, jellyfish and comb jellies belong to two different branches on the tree of life. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2023 For years, debate had raged over whether the first to diverge was the sea sponge or the comb jelly. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2023 Their closest relatives that still live today include sponges, sea anemones and comb jellies. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 17 May 2023 In both the non-animals and the comb jellies, researchers found 14 groups of genes located on separate chromosomes. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2023 The event is due to a chemical reaction that causes comb jellies (translucent sea creatures) and dinoflagellates (bioluminescent plankton) to emit blue light any time the water is disturbed. Talia Avakian, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2023 But back in 2008, based on early information from the first sponge and ctenophore genomes, Dunn and his colleagues had proposed that comb jellies branched before sponges did. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 17 May 2023 There are some infamous invasives which serve as omens of the potential implications of ship ballast stowaways: the invasive comb jelly, taken from American waters to the Black Sea, has positively taken over, harming fisheries and the tourism industry. Perrin Ireland, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2013 This little golden fellow, a bathypelagic ctenophore or comb jelly, anchors itself to the seafloor with its tentacles. Discover Magazine, 7 July 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of comb jelly was circa 1889

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“Comb jelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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