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Larvae sustain comb jelly population

Species thrives in Baltic Sea despite never reaching adulthood

4:06pm, April 25, 2012

Comb jellies living in the central Baltic Sea are a bunch of babies. In this part of the world, members of the species Mertensia ovum don’t appear to reach adulthood but instead sustain the population by reproducing while still larvae, reports a new study published online April 25 in Biology Letters.

It’s well known that many comb jellies — gelatinous marine animals that live at various depths of the ocean and use sticky tentacles to capture their meals — can become parents before reaching adult

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