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Obelia (Cnidaria, Medusozoa, Hydrozoa): phenomenon, aspects of investigations, perspectives for utilization
Stepanjants, S.D. (1998). Obelia (Cnidaria, Medusozoa, Hydrozoa): phenomenon, aspects of investigations, perspectives for utilization. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 36: 179-215
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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Abstract
    About eight species are joined together into the genus named Obelia (Cnidaria,Medusozoa, Hydrozoa). However there are some species (about 10) attributedby some investigators to Obelia, and by others to three independent genera:Gonothyraea, Laomedea and Hartlaubella, which are nevertheless supposed to beclosely related to each other and to Obelia. All the specialists agree that all thesegenera belong to a subfamily Obeliinae, family Campanulariidae. This reviewcovers the topics: taxonomy, cell composition and cytogenetics, sexualreproduction and early developmental stages, growth and coloniality problems,feeding and digestion, other ecological problems, horizontal and verticaldistribution, luminescence. It aims to demonstrate results gained by the specialistsdealing with this group and to show the general trend of the continuinginvestigations. An appendix gives information concerning the Workshop, "Obeliaas a dominant in epibiotic communities", which took place in September 1996 inSt Petersburg.

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