most distinctive feature possessed by this uncommon hydromedusa are the deep red
color of the central gonads, stomach and mouth lips. The bell is
transparent, with a diameter up to 3 cm. The mouth has 4 large ruffled
lips. Gonads lie in folds on the stomach wall and attach to the 4 radial
canals. Up to 40 tentacles line the bell margin, with 1 to 3 spindle-like
structures between each tentacle. Hydroids of Modeeria
are known to
live on other hydroid species to depths of 500 meters. The medusae have
been collected in deep-water habitats of the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea,
Pacific Ocean, and off Antarctica. In southern California it has been
collected in the San Clemente Basin.
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