Sea Gooseberry

Scientific Name

Pleurobrachia sp.

Distribution & Habitat

The sea gooseberry is a rare visitor to Chesapeake Bay during the spring.


Ctenophores like the sea gooseberry do not sting. Instead, their tentacles possess special adhesive cells called colloblasts that release a sticky, mucus-like substance to trap prey.

Size & Shape

Size and shape similar to the sea walnut. However, the sea gooseberry lacks the large lobes of the sea walnut, and retains long, sticky tentacles into adulthood.


Transparent to white.

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