Benthocodon sp.

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:18 May 2013
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 > Ngisi-1
Depth (m):1326
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Habitat:Benthic boundary zone
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Deep Sea Metro I
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 113
Keywords:Benthocodon Tanzania
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:14 August 2014

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