Cyanea capillata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Coloration bright and varied, most often of red or yellow tint.
The edge of the umbrella carries 16 large lobes and 8 rhopalia. Feeding tentacles have numerous folds. 8 groups of long tentacles originate from the subumbrella surface near the edge of the umbrella. Radial and circular musculature very well developed.
One of the largest scyphomedusae, diameter of the umbrella may reach 2 m, the length of the tentacles 20-30 m.
Ecology and Distribution
Small fish larvae often find shelter beneath the umbrella.