coelenterate sensory systems

Jeremy Woodley woodley at
Tue Jun 1 07:33:26 EDT 1999

Is it not well known that corals have a ciliated epidermis?  It creates
superficial currents used for cleaning and feeding.

On Tue, 1 Jun 1999, anya salih wrote:

> >Is anyone familiar with the anatomy of surficial microstructures
> >on polyp tentacles.  I have observed on SEM small (~1 micron) hair-like
> >structures and have seen them referred to, in a book entitled "Microbial
> >Seascapes", as a bacterial lawn.  It has been brought to my attention
> >that they curiously resemble cilliated epithelium. If anyone has seen
> >these structures or has
> I have seen (by light microscopy) cilia  on the epidermal layer of many
> corals. If coral tissues are mechanically broken up or chemically
> dissociated, the clumps of tissues will then rapidly rotate in seawater
> from the action of beating cilia on their surfaces. Bacteria are also
> present on the surface and can be just made out by light mircroscopy, are
> much smaller and thinner. The epidermal layer of coral larvae is also
> ciliated. I would think that the cilia increase the absorption surface
> area.
> Anya
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