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comb jelly,

common name for transparent organisms of the phylum CtenophoraCtenophora
, a small phylum of exclusively marine, invertebrate animals, commonly known as comb jellies. Because they are so delicate that specimens are difficult to collect, little was known about them until the advent of blue-water scuba and submersible collecting.
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According to the study, the "sea monster," which scientists dubbed Daihua sanqiong, shares a number of anatomical characteristics with the modern comb jelly. 
The researchers mapped the full genetic code of the Pacific sea gooseberry, the nickname for a comb jelly species known as Pleurobrachia bachei.
There are about 80 kinds of comb jelly in the world, and about 20 of them are found in Japan, according to Horita.
In a large auditorium at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 200 people watch a huge video image of a twinkling comb jelly. "What is that thing?" a girl in the audience calls out.
Salt water invades coastal wetlands or aquifers, and salt residue creeps into irrigated land; storm surges invade coastal cities; alien species such as the Leidy's comb jelly or brown tree snake invade foreign ecosystems; dangerous human pathogens, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis or ebola infect human bloodstreams; pollutants flow across boundaries on wind or water currents; and garbage is trucked or barged from affluent places to poor ones.
The team had sequenced the genome of the comb jelly species Mnemiopsis leidyi and compared it with genomes of sponges and dozens of other organisms.
This is the pathogen: the Leidy's comb jelly (Mnemiopsis leidyi), a widespread species but nothing special.
Steve Haddock remembers every detail about his first ocean encounter with a comb jelly. The open water was a bottomless deep blue.
Although this species of comb jelly can grow nearly 10 centimeters long in Arctic waters, the researchers collected animals that were no more than 1.6 millimeters long--equivalent to the diameter of a strand of spaghetti.