Cauliflower Jellyfish (Cephea cephea)

Also known as Crown Jellyfish, Crowned Jellyfish, Sea Jellies


Also known as Crown Jellyfish, Crowned Jellyfish, Sea Jellies.

Found during the day, in deep cold water, at night they rise close to the surface for feeding, drifting in bays, estuaries, and lagoons. Also found washed up over beaches.
They feed on algae, invertebrates, and zooplankton.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 0-900m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Indo-West Pacific, Red Sea

These jellyfish are different in shape because of a deep groove running around the bottom of the umbrella, giving them the appearance of a crown.

Jellyfish are 95% water.
They have no heart, brain, blood, or gills. The body of the Jellyfish is called a bell. They do have a mouth, tentacles and arms around their mouth. They use their arms around their mouth to help sense and find food that ends up inside their mouth.
In the winter they disintegrate, the offspring surviving as larvae attached to the bottom. By asexual reproduction they form stacks of platters, and these platters are released in the spring to start their pelagic life.
Their only predators are Bannerfish and Arrow Crabs. Ref:


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