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"Most of us think of jellyfish as free-swimming planktonic travelers. A few jellies, like Cladonema, have taken an alternative lifestyle. These tiny jewels (bell only up to 2 to 3 mm diameter) possess an adhesive disc on each of the 9 marginal tentacles that enable attachment to seaweeds. While capable of swimming, most of their time is spent as couch potatoes attached to benthic substrates. At the base of each tentacle is a reddish ocellus, while farther along the length 2 or 3 branches emerge. The mouth has 6 short arms that terminate with nematocyst-laden knobs." (Wrobel 2006)


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