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LocationImageCnidae TypeRange of
Lengths (m)
Range of
Widths (m)
nNState
Dunn D. F., 1981
Actinopharynx
basitrichs  11.5 - 15.6  x  2.1 - 2.7  17 / 2 Unfired
basitrichs  19.7 - 28.7  x (2.5)  3.1 - 3.9  42 / 4 Unfired
microbasic p-mastigophores  23 - 27.7  x (4.1)  5.6 - 6.4  13 / 3 Unfired
spirocysts (18)  20.5 - 24.6  (27.1) x  2.5 - 3.7  9 / 3 Unfired
Column
basitrichs  5.9 - 9.4  x  1.8 - 2.4  25 / 4 Unfired
basitrichs (11.3)  13 - 20.5  x  1.6 - 3.5  123 / 12 Unfired
microbasic p-mastigophores  21.2 - 29.5  (33.4) x (5.1)  6.6 - 7.7  (10.6) 35 / 5 Unfired
spirocysts  16.5 - 25.4  (32.8) x  2 - 4.5  30 / 8 Unfired
Filaments
basitrichs  8.8 - 21.6  x  1.6 - 3  (3.5) 76 / 11 Unfired
basitrichs  24.6 - 36.1  (40.2) x  3.1 - 4.1  (5.1) 77 / 10 Unfired
microbasic p-mastigophores  20.5 - 28.3  (30.8) x  3.9 - 7  (8.3) 63 / 11 Unfired
spirocysts (16)  17.7 - 26  (27.1) x  2.4 - 4.7  23 / 6 Unfired
Tentacles
basitrichs (12.4)  14.8 - 22.1  (23.8) x  2.1 - 3.5  95 / 13 Unfired
spirocysts  17.7 - 33.6  x  2.1 - 4.1  (4.9) 90 / 13 Unfired
Dunn D. F., 1974
Column
N/A basitrichs  5.9 - 9.4  x  1.8 - 2.4  21 / unfired
N/A basitrichs  13 - 18.9  x  1.8 - 3  33 / unfired
N/A microbasic p-mastigophores  21.2 - 29.5  x  5.3 - 10.6  21 / unfired
N/A microbasic p-mastigophores  23.6 - 40.1  x  2.4 -   / unfired
N/A spirocysts  16.5 - 24.8  x  2.4 - 4.1  18 / unfired
Filaments
N/A basitrichs  17.7 - 30.7  x  2.4 - 4.1  25 / unfired
N/A basitrichs  9.4 - 16.5  x  1.8 - 3  28 / unfired
N/A microbasic p-mastigophores  22.4 - 28.3  x  4.1 - 8.3  10 / unfired
N/A spirocysts  17.7 - 26  x  2.4 - 4.7  15 / unfired
Tentacles
N/A basitrichs  12.4 - 21.2  x  2.4 -   23 / unfired
N/A spirocysts  17.7 - 27.1  x  3 - 4.1  24 / unfired

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