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Phylum 04, Ctenophora
Through the waters of the seas,
Gliding slowly with graceful ease,
Go the ctenophores, whose Greek name
The comb-bearers doth proclaim.

Commonly known as comb jellies, they are a phylum of animals that live in marine waters worldwide. Their most distinctive feature is the "combs", groups of cilia that they use for swimming, and they are the largest animals that swim by means of cilia.

Adults of various species range from a few millimeters to 1.5 meters (59 inches) in size. Their bodies consist of a mass of jelly with one layer of cells on the outside and another lining the internal cavity.



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