Colobonema (Trachymedusae - Rhopalonematidae) is a genus of midwater jellyfish, with conical and transparent bell, up to 5 cm in diameter. With side lighting, birefringence of the bell muscles can create a beautiful array of colors. The bioluminescent tentacles (usually 32) readily break free from the bell when the jelly is disturbed, probably as a defense against predators.
Colobonema is a strong swimmer with relatively powerful pulsing of the bell. It is holoplanktonic (lacks an attached polyps phase), with each fertilized egg developing directly into a medusa. It is among the more widespread and abundant of the deep-water Trachymedusae, with a depth range between 500 and 1500 meters. The distribution range does not extend into Arctic and Antarctic waters.
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