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Identification key for the ctenophores from Brazilian coast

Although ctenophores are abundant and ecologically important in the marine environment, they are poorly known in the Brazilian coast. The present study is a taxonomic key for the ctenophores from the Brazilian coast. It aims to help students and non-specialist researchers with the identification of those organisms. Collecting, preserving and photographing methods are described. Characters that distinguish the thirteen species registered in Brazilian marine territories are presented.

Ctenophora; comb-jelly; zooplankton; gelatinous plankton; pelagial; benthos; Brazil

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