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Mediterranean Jelly / Mediteranska meduza

Cotylorhiza tuberculata

Description:

It is usually less than 17 cm wide but it can grow to 35 cm. The smooth, elevated dome is surrounded by a gutter-like ring. The marginal lappets are elongated and subrectangular. Each mouth-arm bifurcates near its base and branches several times. In addition to some larger appendages there are many short, club-shaped ones that bear disk-like ends. It seems that this jellyfish's sting has very little or no effect on humans.

Habitat:

It is commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea and Adriatic Sea. It can reach 35 cm in diameter.

Notes:

Other name: fried egg jellyfish

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Mediterranean jelly
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9 Comments

injica
injica 7 years ago

Tnx Ionannis

Ioannis
Ioannis 7 years ago

Beatiful medusa!

That jellyfish is the commonest species in Greece, so we see it every summer... We experienced a large boom in jelly numbers in the past 2 weeks, but now it seems they settled down...But it was fun, people like me were playing with them on the beaches in my area, especially with the babyjellies, it was amazing...Nobody fears them :)

injica
injica 7 years ago

Thank you Despina very much ;) how did you find it, I have totally no literature about jelly fishes, and I saw before that one that is on wiki saying Adriatic sea, but this one was new to me ;)

Hi Injica, the species is harmless, you can touch it with no fear...I absolutely love that jellyfish, it's so beautiful and "skin-friendly"...
Take a look at the following links:
http://eol.org/pages/203425/overview
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/anima...

injica
injica 7 years ago

ha ha ha electric fence, so you had your own shaking experience? :D definitely agree- rarely anyone would ever volunteer to repeat our experience ;D Looking forward to your next scary adventure ;)

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Oh bananas! Perhaps you should keep some antihistamine in your beach bag next time :) But I agree, It could might as well have been me :P And I guess touching the electric fence just because I was focused looking into the camera last weekend, does not beat your story... But one thing is for sure, those things does not happen to everyone :D

injica
injica 7 years ago

Tnx Tina, well not usual at all, but curiosity is I guess one thing we have in common, so as expected I did touche it just too see if it burns although this one I have never seen before :D lucky me-it wasn't burning, later I showed it to my dad that swims marathons around our coast and probably seen it already, well he said that I was lucky cause he'd say it's a poisonous one ;D It was super cute though and it was nicely fitting in my hand :D had to touch it!

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Nice and interesting! As usual :)

injica
Spotted by
injica

Pula, Croatia

Spotted on Aug 9, 2013
Submitted on Aug 10, 2013

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