Mertensia ovum

Mertensia ovum (Fabricius, 1780)

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Overview

Description

Body red and/or purple in color; tentacles are red.

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Description

Morphology

Body flattened on the sides; one of the axis is 3-4 times shorter than the other. Tentacles are tens of times longer than the body when extended; tentacle pouches are present.

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Size

Length up to 55 mm, width up to 45 mm, thickness up to 15 mm.

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Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

Cold-water species; circumpolar distribution. Found in most Arctic and sub-Arctic seas.

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Taxonomy

  • Mertensia cucullus L. Agassiz, 1860 (synonym)