Aurelia aurita   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Jellyfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Scyphozoa

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Size: Maximum diameter 50 cm; height, from 10 to 12.5 cm; diameter, being able to reach 40 to 50 cm.

Color: Generally translucent, with slightly pink reflections, blue or purple; the sexual organs are more clearly colored red or pink.

Eight broad, simple marginal lappets; oral arms as long as radius of the disk, thick, stiff with densely crenulated margins and numerous small tentacles; adradial canals unbranched; perradial and interradial canals with unbranched primary canal; umbrella margin with few anastomoses.

High abundances of ephyrae during late autumn can be explained by the large number of poly disc scyphistomae preceeding to the appearnace of ephyrae. Budding doesn’t occur in winter months.

Max. age reported: up to 2 years.

Synonym (s)
Aurelia coerulea von Lendenfeld, 1884

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fish eggs and larvae, bivalves, gastropods, copepods, ascidians, crustaceans, finfish
Predator:  Gastropods (Flabellina verrucosa), jellyfish/hydroids (Phacellophora camtschatica, Chrysaora quinquecirrha)


• Orissa, Bahuda Estuary (Lat: 19.17) (Long: 84.33) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Records of the Zoological Survey of India Publication Division by the Director ZSI 101(Part 1-2) 240
  • Ramakrishna and Sarkar, J On the Scyphozoa from east coast of India including Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
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  • Ramkrishnan and Srakar, J (2003) On the scyphozoa from east coast of India, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands Records of The Zoolgical survey of India 101(1-2) 25-56 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Mishra, S and Panigrahy, RC (1999) Zooplankton ecology of the Bahuda estuary(Orissa), east coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences CSIR, New Delhi 28 297-301 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • 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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