Leucothea multicornis (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)

Leucothea multicornis is an oceanic ctenophore seldom seen in the São Sebastião Channel. It has two delicate lobes, subdivided in two independent functional units. Axial tentacles without branches are present in the adult. The outer surface of the body is recovered by several retractile papillae.

Specimens reach about 180 mm in length.

The species has a wide distribution in tropical and subtropical oceans.

For further information on Leucothea multicornis see:

· Mayer, A.G. (1912) Ctenophores of the Atlantic coast of North America. Carnegie Institution of Washington (Publ. 162), 58pp. [PDF 5.8Mb]

· Mianzan, H.W. (1999) Ctenophora. In: Boltovskoy, D. (Ed.), South Atlantic Zooplankton. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, p. 561–573.

· Oliveira, O.M.P. & Migotto, A.E. (2006) Pelagic ctenophores from the São Sebastião Channel, southeastern Brazil. Zootaxa, 1183: 1-26. [PDF available under request]

· Oliveira, O.M.P.; Mianzan, H.; Migotto, A.E. & Marques, A.C. (2007) Identification key for the ctenophores from Brazilian coast. Biota Neotropica, 7(3): 341-350. [PDF]