Bloody belly

Lampocteis cruentiventer

ORDER

Cydippida

FAMILY Lampocteidae

TAXONOMY

Lampocteis cruentiventer Harbison, Matsumoto, and Robison, 2001. Also known as Lampoctena sanguineventer.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

In the order Lobata, but differs from other families by the presence of a deep notch between adjacent subtentacular ctene rows and by the blind aboral ending for all meridional canals. The gut is always a deep red color while the body coloration varies from clear to deep purple (and all shades in between).

DISTRIBUTION

Currently known only from the east coast of the Pacific, however it is believed to have a much wider distribution in the Pacific and in other oceans.

HABITAT

Inhabits the deep sea from 984-3,320 ft (300-1,012 m).

BEHAVIOR

Nothing is known.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Nothing is known.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

I Pleurobrachia bachei I Lampocteis cruentiventer I Thalassocalyce inconstans

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