Friday, May 29, 2009

Upside down Jelly

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Upside down Jelly
(Cassiopeia sp.)

Upside down Jelly - Cassiopeia sp.
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Jellies of this genus are found in shallow tropical waters worldwide.

Sheltered bays and lagoons, often on sand or mud.

Primarily plankton captured using stinging cells and sunlight via photosynthetic symbionts (zooxanthellae).

Quick Fact
The upside down jelly is named because it is usually found with its bell resting on the bottom, and its tentacles extended upwards.

Learn More
- Saint Louis Zoo

- Moorea Biocode Database

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