you do mid-water trawls below 1000 meters off the West Coast you're likely to
encounter this tiny jewel of a jelly. At most the bell is only 12 mm wide
and usually a bit less. The colorless exumbrella is transparent, revealing the
stunning orange color of the manubrium, gonads, velum and sometimes the
subumbrella. The velum is broad and muscular. Conspicuous musculature
may be visible in the subumbrella.
Gonads run along most of the length of each of the 8 narrow radial
canals. Up to 48 tentacles or more line the bell margin - they are
typically lost in trawl-collected specimens although the bell usually remains in
good shape. The tubular manubrium has 4 simple lips and a
peduncle. Deep water habitats from Baja California to British
Columbia , and relatively shallow water (below 100 meters) in some British
Columbia fjords, harbor Pantachogon
. There appears to be
several related species within the group.
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