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Family Myrrhinidae

The family Myrrhinidae is represented by 40 species in four genera. Some of these are "solar-powered" such as the Phyllodesmium longicirrum depicted below. However this species, and other members of the family, also feed on Sarcophyton leather corals. Myrrhinids are widely distributed in tropical and sub-tropical oceans.


Phyllodesmium kabiranum Kapira phyllodesmium

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines

Phyllodesmium kabiranum Kapira phyllodesmium? Puerto Galera, Philippines

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7722

Phyllodesmium kabiranum Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7722

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7736

Phyllodesmium kabiranum, Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7736. There are two in this photo.


Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium

Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium, Magic Bay, Rao, Halmahera, Indonesia P7043523

Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium, Magic Bay, Rao, Halmahera, Indonesia P7043523

Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium, Magic Bay, Rao, Halmahera, Indonesia P7043530

Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium, Magic Bay, Rao, Halmahera, Indonesia P7043530

Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium, Magic Bay, Rao, Halmahera, Indonesia P7043532

Phyllodesmium longicirrum Solar-powered phyllodesmium, Magic Bay, Rao, Halmahera, Indonesia P7043532. Detail of zooxanthellae storage areas (brown)

Click below for a video of this wondrous animal.

 


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