High-speed videos of siphonophore tentilla and nematocyst discharge

Alejandro Damian-Serrano
Siphonophores are free-living predatory colonial hydrozoan cnidarians found in every ocean of the world. Siphonophore tentilla (tentacle side branches) are unique biological structures for prey capture, composed of a complex arrangement of cnidocytes (stinging cells) bearing different types of nematocysts (stinging capsules) and auxiliary structures. Tentilla present an extensive morphological and functional diversity across species. Tentilla have a precisely coordinated high-speed strike mechanism of synchronous unwinding and nematocysts discharge. Here we characterize the kinematic diversity...
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