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Carabela Portuguesa - Portuguese Caravel

Physalia physalis


La carabela portuguesa (Physalia physalis) es un hidrozoo que erróneamente se asocia con la familia de las medusas. Su picadura puede provocar intenso dolor, problemas respiratorios e incluso una parada cardiaca. La neurotoxina, secretada por sus tentáculos, tiene una alta toxicidad. The Portuguese caravel (Physalia physalis) is hidrozoo that erroneously is associated with the family of medusas. Its puncture can cause intense pain, respiratory problems and even a shutdown cardiac. The neurotoxin, secreted by its tentacles, has a high toxicity.


Se suele encontrar en mar abierto en todas las aguas cálidas del planeta, y en ocasiones es arrastrada a las playas. It is commonly found in offshore in all warm waters of the planet, and sometimes is drawn to the beaches.

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Herb 9 years ago

Thank you so much!!!!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congratulations Herb! Your spotting has been chosen for Project Noah Fact of the Day: "The familiar Portuguese man o’ war often found washed away on beaches is not a true jellyfish, but what is known as a siphonophore. Siphonophores are colonies of specialized modules, called zooids, connected to each other. The zooids are specialized (floating, feeding, defense, reproduction) and interdependent, and can’t survive on their own. The zooids which make up the Portuguese man o’ war's stinging tentacles are known as dactylozooids, and can reach up to up to 50 m (160 ft) in length!
Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) spotted in Mexico by Project Noah user Herb".

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Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 26, 2015
Submitted on Jan 26, 2015

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