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Pennaria Hydrozoa

Belonging to the phylum Coelenterata, class Hydrozoa is best known for the polyp state that usually forms extensive and relatively beautiful colonies when examined with the microscope. The multiply stained specimen illustrated below is a member of the Pennaria genus, and was captured in brightfield illumination on the MIC-D microscope.

Pennaria feature tentacles that occur in two forms: filiform and capitate. The filiform tentacles resemble those of hydra, and are long and tapering, with batteries of nematocysts distributed over the entire surface. In contrast, capitate tentacles have their nematocyst batteries confined to a single knob on the tentacle end. In Pennaria, medusa buds (even very large examples) lack tentacles, and the gonads develop in the epidermis of the manubrium.

Contributing Authors

Cynthia D. Kelly, Thomas J. Fellers and Michael W. Davidson - National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Dr., The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 32310.


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