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Observed: 21st April 2011 By: fenechcecilia

We came upon many of these whilst touring the Ring of Kerry. They are jelly like with purple lines in the middle. They were on the shore line (at the edges of the wave lines). We thought they are fish eggs, but we are not so sure. So please help

Species interactions

No interactions present.


ChrisMcA's picture

You used to be able to get a

You used to be able to get a list directly from NBN but now must go to https://data.nbn.org.uk/Taxa ,click on the groups box & scroll down to Comb jelly (ctenophora).You then get 15 entries, but only 3 are UK species (P p, Beroe cucumis & Bolinopsis infundibulum).For some reason there's a 4th with "zero records",Mnemiopsis leidyi which isn't found in the UK.These are all significantly different from the sea gooseberry. See http://www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/uksi/Pleurobrachia%20pileus & Beroe cucumis http://eol.org/pages/509855/overview & Bolinopsis infundibulum http://eol.org/pages/393326/media

nightfly's picture

Pleurobrachia pileus does

Pleurobrachia pileus does seem to be clearly much more spherical than those other two species Chris. The other pair might be slightly harder to differentiate between from photos.


martinjohnbishop's picture

Please move to Invertebrates

These are not fish eggs.

ChrisMcA's picture

There's 2 equally obvious Sea

There's 2 equally obvious Sea gooseberries similarly mis-ID'd at http://www.ispotnature.org/node/17244 & http://www.ispotnature.org/node/265428
See also http://www.ispotnature.org/node/390691

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The other 2 have now been

The other 2 have now been properly identified & only this remains. see http://www.ispotnature.org/species-dictionaries/uksi/Pleurobrachia%20pileus