Benthocodon sp.

Benthocodon sp.


This hydromedusa is probably Benthocodon (perhaps B. pedunculata). However, the genus may be Voragonema. Without a higher resolution image or a properly preserved specimen, it is impossible to be certain. These are common in the benthic boundary zone in all the oceans. They apparently feed on copepods, perhaps too, the organic fluff that carpets the sea floor.

Item Type:Image
Title:Benthocodon sp.
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Youngbluth, M
Date:29 January 2012
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Cnidaria (Cnidarians) > Hydrozoa (Polyps, Medusas) > Trachylina
Species:Benthocodon sp.
Behaviour:These animals drift slowly over the surface of the sediment apparently feeding on copepods and organic material on the sediment
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Zafarani
Depth (m):2601
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Habitat:Benthic boundary zone
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Ocean Rig Poseidon
Project Partners:Statoil, Oceaneering
ROV:Millenium 93 and 73
Keywords:Benthocodon Tanzania Indian Ocean Zafarani
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:19 April 2012

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