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In cnidarians, a medusa is a body form that is often free living. They can vary from being bell-shaped to the shape of a thin disk. The upper surface is called the exumbrella and the lower surface the subumbrella. Their mouth is on the lower surface, which is sometimes partially closed by a membrane extending inward from the margin.

During the complete life cycle, this form may alternate with a form called a polyp, which is often fixed in one place.

Associated Terms: Medusae

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