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Scientific name: Pelagia noctiluca
Common name: Night-light jelly fish
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Cnidaria Medusozoa Scyphozoa Scyphomedusae Semaeostomeae Not Defined Pelagiidae Not Defined Pelagia Pelagia noctiluca

       

Short Description:

P. noctiluca has eight marginal tentacles alternating with eight marginal sense organs. This species reproduces sexually. Four gonads arise as elongated endodermal proliferations, developing into a ribbon-like folds in the interradial sectors of the stomach wall slightly distal to the rows of gastric filaments. Male and female gonads vary only slightly and the main difference is the thickness of the follicle.
Manubrium very long and devided into four frilly lobes

Identification
features:
Has the ability to bioluminesce, or produce light. Light is given off in the form of flashes when the medusa is stimulated by turbulence created by a ship’s motion or by waves. This flashing is only of relatively short duration and gradually fades 
Size: 100mm
Behaviour:  
Diet: Plantonic animals 
Distribution: West Coast to Port Elizabeth
Depth: Open ocean
Habitat: Open ocean
Reference:
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)

    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/ 
Similar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 1m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 1m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 1m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 1m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo video
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-15 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Shark Gully 18 100mm 16m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 120mm 5m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 120mm 5m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 120mm 5m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-06-06 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 120mm 5m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Rodney Hope-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-10-08 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Riy Banks 16 80mm 1m Sony DSC-P7/P9 photo
Rodney Hope-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-10-08 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Riy Banks 16 80mm 1m Sony DSC-P7/P9 photo
 
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