cnidophore

cnidophore

[′nīd·ə‚fȯr]
(invertebrate zoology)
A modified structure bearing nematocysts in certain cnidarians.
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The experiments with hydroid cnidophores and the extraction of spindles were carried out at the Institute for Marine Biology Dr.
Cnidophores are the long defense tentacles of the prey hydroid Eudendrium racemosum (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa), which are covered with holotrichous isorhiza nematocysts.
In the eolids Flabellina affinis and Cratena peregrina, as shown here and previously (Martin and Walther, 2002), when cnidophores of the hydroid Eudendrium racemosum come in contact with the cerata of the slugs, they elicit a discharge of masses of nematocysts from the cnidophores.