Structure and function of the prehensile tentilla of Euplokamis (Ctenophora, Cydippida)

@article{Mackie2004StructureAF,
  title={Structure and function of the prehensile tentilla of Euplokamis (Ctenophora, Cydippida)},
  author={George Owen Mackie and Claudia E. Mills and C. L. Singla},
  journal={Zoomorphology},
  year={2004},
  volume={107},
  pages={319-337}
}
SummaryEuplokamis has coiled tentilla on its tentacles, which can be discharged, flicking out at high velocity, when triggered by contact with prey. The tentillum adheres to prey by means of numerous colloblasts. Discharge, which takes 40–60 ms, is accomplished by contraction of striated muscles, found only in this genus among the Ctenophora. Restoration of the coiled state is attributable to passive, elastic components of the mesogloea. Rows of “boxes” (fluid-filled compartments) along the… Expand
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