Portuguese manofwar Physalia utriculus Also known as a bluebottle it is not one organism instead being a colony of hydrozoan animals Members of the colony have distinct roles One individual forms the float upper frame which is filled with a mixture of nitrogen and carbon monoxide Individual called gastrozooids are responsible for digesting food and passing it to the rest of the colony Prey is captured by dactylozooids which comprises a large stinging tentacle Reproduction is carried out by gonozooids The colony is planktonic being carried around by ocean currents It inhabits warm waters
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