Latin name: Aurelia aurita
Delicate Ocean Lace
- Lacking a skeleton or a protective shell, the jellyfish is made of a blue-white translucent gelatinous matter consisting of 98% water. The shape of its body resembles an umbrella.
- Its tentacles contain tiny urtican cells which enclose, in a capsule, some venom and a tiny barbed harpoon. When a prey comes in contact with the tentacles' micro cilia, the capsule bursts and shoots out its small barbed harpoon.
- It is carnivorous and feeds mainly on small plankton organisms: tunicate larvae, copepods, rotifers, nematodes, young polychaetes, diatoms and fish eggs.
- Throughout the day, it performs circadian migrations, its moves are dictated by sunlight, searches for food up towards the water's surface and then back down again.
- The populations are thought to be constantly increasing and the species is not threatened with extinction.
Distribution World's oceans
Habitat Ocean environment
Status Not Assessed
Zoo Zone South Pacific Odyssey Pavilion