The Crown Jelly (Cephea cephea)
Cephea cephea, sometimes called the Crown Jellyfish, (although this name is confusing as it is also used for other species) is a “true jellyfish” (Class Scyphozoa) in the small family Cephidae. It is one of three species in its genus, all found in the Indo-Pacific and East Atlantic.
Cephea cephea occassionaly drifts inshore but is mostly oceanic, broadly distributed in waters from the mid-Pacific through the Indo-Pacific to the Red Sea, and in the Atlantic off West Africa. It is a large jellyfish, reaching 50-60 cm in diameter, with multiple wart-like projections on top of the central mound of its bell, which is surrounded by a moat…
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