Moon Jellyfish

(Aurelia aurita)


Facts

Moon Jellyfish IUCN NOT EVALUATED (NE)

 

Facts about this animal

The Moon jellyfish ranges in size from 5 cm to 40 cm across. It is easily recognizable by its four purple-blue interfolded gonads that form a horseshoe or near circle shape in the centre of the umbrella. It has short tentacles which generally do not produce a sting in most people. This species is carnivorous and feeds on plankton.

Factsheet
Class SCYPHOZOA
Order SEMAEOSTOMEAE
Family ULMARIDAE
Name (Scientific) Aurelia aurita
Name (English) Moon Jellyfish
Name (French) Méduse de lune, Méduse bleue, Méduse aurélie, Méduse commune
Name (German) Ohrenqualle
Name (Spanish) Medusa común, Medusa aurelia, Medusa luna
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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André Karwath

Distribution

 


Distribution
Range Found near the coast, worldwide in temperate and tropical water.
Habitat Pelagic, inshore and offshore
Wild population Unknown, but this jellyfish is common and widespread throughout the oceans of the world and it may occur in huge numbers.
Zoo population Unknown but it is the most commonly displayed medusa in public aquaria.

In the Zoo

Moon Jellyfish

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 51 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

 

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Yosemite

Why do zoos keep this animal

Zoos and aquariums keep Moon jellyfish for educational reasons as part of their efforts to familiarise visitors with invertebrate biodiversity. The translucient jellyfish floating lightweight in the water are very attractive for the public and may play a role as ambassadors for marine conservation.