Lucernaria janetae

…a large species of stalked jellyfish that was discovered in 2003 on deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the East Pacific. L.janetae is one of the largest staurozoans known with a 100mm wide and 50mm deep calyx. Like other staurozoans this species is a suspension feeder and will feed on small pelagic crustaceans that wander too close to its stinging tentacles.

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Staurozoa-Stauromedusae-Lucernariidae-Lucernaria-L. janetae

Image: Collins, A. G., and M. Dal

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