A golden age of gelata: past and future research on planktonic ctenophores and cnidarians

  title={A golden age of gelata: past and future research on planktonic ctenophores and cnidarians},
  author={Steven H. D. Haddock},
  • S. Haddock
  • Published 18 July 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Hydrobiologia
The study of the natural history of gelatinous zooplankton (‘gelata’) reached a high point at the end of the 19th century, when scientists first began to understand the phylogenetic and ecological links between cnidarians and ctenophores. Siphonophores, carefully figured in their entirety, and gauze-like lobate ctenophores too fragile to touch, were described by the dozens. In the ensuing years, focus on zooplankton shifted toward more ‘industrial’ goals such as quantitative sampling using… 

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