SizeBell is 3 feet (1 m) in diameter
DietZooplankton, other jellies, ctenophores (comb jellies), small crustaceans, larval fish, fish eggs
HabitatSlope waters and pelagic, or open water
- Body is dome-shaped with four ruffled oral arms and multiple thin, maroon tentacles extending downward from the bottom of the dome.
- Coloration of the dome, or “bell,” is pinkish with a radial pattern of 16 purple stripes on the surface.
- Maximum size of the bell is 3 feet (1 m) in diameter. Common size for adults is 6-28 inches (15-70 cm) in diameter.
- Oral arms may grow up to one foot (30 cm) in length or more. Thin, maroon tentacles may extend downward up to 25 feet (8 m).
- Diet consists of zooplankton, including other jellies, ctenophores (comb jellies), small crustaceans, larval fish and fish eggs.
- Occurs in the Eastern Pacific primarily off the coast of California.
- Inhabits slope waters and pelagic, or open water, regions in its limited range.
- Young cancer crabs are often found clinging to this jelly, even inside the gut. The crab helps the jelly by eating tiny, parasitic crustaceans that feed on and damage the jelly.
- While the sting of this jelly is not fatal, it may be painful to humans.
- Unlike other species of jellies, this species does not form large surface aggregations.