Purple-striped sea nettle (Chrysaora Colorata)

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Purple-striped sea nettle (Chrysaora Colorata)

Postby Cubic » 30 Apr 2012, 08:23

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Pelagiidae
Genus: Chrysaora
Species: C. Colorata

Common names: Purple-striped sea nettle
Scientific name: Chrysaora Colorata (formerly Pelagia colorata)

Overview:

Harmful to humans: Its sting is extremely painful, though not fatal

Maximum size: The bell can be up to 3 feet in diameter

Colour:

Life span:

Feeding: The purple-striped sea nettle’s diet consists primarily of zooplankton, other jellies, small krill and fish eggs.

Photosynthetic: No

Known predators: Divers have witnessed sunfish eating these jellies, suggesting that some types of fish are immune to their sting

Habitat:

Distribution: Chrysaora colorata has a relatively limited range primarily off the coast of California.

Temperature range:

Optimum aquarium temperature:

Salinity range: 34ppt

Other notes: These jellies are known for being solitary, and do not usually swim in groups. As it ages, the jelly's purple stripes become darker, and its long, maroon tentacles begin to fade until they're eventually thick and pale. Juvenile slender crabs (Cancer gracilis) often make homes of this jelly and travel with their host until ready to assume a benthic existence.
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Re: Purple-striped sea nettle (Chrysaora Colorata)

Postby Cubic » 30 Apr 2012, 11:36

Here's a short video showing some juvenile Chrysaora Colorata. Its quite hard to tell from the video but their bells are about 5cm diameter.

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