Stealth predation and the predatory success of the invasive ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi.

  title={Stealth predation and the predatory success of the invasive ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi.},
  author={Sean P Colin and John H. Costello and Lars Johan Hansson and Josefin Titelman and John O. Dabiri},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={107 40},
In contrast to higher metazoans such as copepods and fish, ctenophores are a basal metazoan lineage possessing a relatively narrow set of sensory-motor capabilities. Yet lobate ctenophores can capture prey at rates comparable to sophisticated predatory copepods and fish, and they are capable of altering the composition of coastal planktonic communities. Here, we demonstrate that the predatory success of the lobate ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi lies in its use of cilia to generate a feeding… CONTINUE READING
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