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Coelenterata:

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Coelenterata, meaning "hollow guts" is essentially a sac with a digestive tract. Numerous tentacles trap prey and sweep the hapless victims into the open "mouths" at the center of the body. Scientists use the variety of Coelenterata to study locomotion, muscular coordination, and digestion.

This chart depicts a medusa, named for the resemblance of the long mobile tentacles to the snake-like tresses of the Gorgon Medusa. Jellyfish such as these have been widely studied at the MBL for they literally "glow in the dark". Scientists have discovered the mechanism by which a physical stimulus is converted into chemical energy to produce the glow. They make a protein called aecquorin, that binds to calcium and is important in studying calcium movements in cells.









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