Moon jellyfish

Aurelia aurita

Family UlmaridaeĀ  - jellyfishes

Bell gelatinous, bowl-shaped, broader than deep; sometimes with light radiating stripes, 4 oval-shaped gonads in a cloverleaf formation can be seen through the bell; short thread-like tentacles around the edge of the bell; the bell is slightly indented in 8 spots; 4 long ribbon-like oral arms hang beneath the bell, at right angles to each other; sting is mild.
Similar Species
The 4 clover-shaped gonads distinguish this jelly from others.
Gulf and bay
Maximum Size
40 cm (15 3/4 in) bell diameter
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