Venus' girdle

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“The most singular of the Callianiridae is the Venus’ Girdle, Celestum Veneris, which inhabits the Mediterranean, and which at first sight would be taken for any thing rather than a near relation of the globular Cydippe. In this curious creature the sides of the body are produced into a long ribbon, which sometimes attains the length of four or five feet; the mouth and digestive organs being, however, confined to their original position in the middle of he body.” — Goodrich, 1859




S. G. Goodrich Animal Kingdom Illustrated Vol 2 (New York, NY: Derby & Jackson, 1859)


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