Pelagia noctiluca   (Forsskal,  1775) (Jellyfish)
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Class: Scyphozoa

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Size: Max length 9.0 cm WD (male)

Exumbrella with many nematocyst warts; with 16 marginal lappets; with eight marginal rhopalia alternating with eight marginal tentacles; with 16 radial stomach pouches all alike, each terminating in apair of unbranched canals extending to the marginal lappets. It has the power of luminescence.

Have both sexual and asexual reproduction. Asexual reproduction takes place by budding and fragmentation. sexual stage is seen in the summer months, asexual stage is a small benthic polyp which is perennial. The polyp generally buds larval scyphomedusae during the spring.

Synonym (s)
Pelagia perla (Slabber, 1781)

Common Name (s)
• Luminescent Jelly Fish (English)
• Mauve Stinger (English)
• Purplestripped Jelly (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Gujarat, Off Dwarka INDIA (Record: 11/1972-10/1974)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vasishta Godavari estuary INDIA (Record: 10/1981-06/1983)

Literature Source(s)
  • Records of the Zoological Survey of India Publication Division by the Director ZSI 101(Part 1-2) 240
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  • Fernando, AS and Fernando, OJ (2002) A field guide to the common invertebrates of the east coast of India Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology 1-258 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Zhong, Z (1989) Marine planktology Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York Tokyo 454 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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  • Patel, MI (1976) Seasonal variation in zooplankton from the coastal waters of Saurashtra Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Scientific Publishers 5(1) 140-144 Available at - NIO, Goa

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