Cyanea capillata

Cyanea capillata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Names

Lion’s mane

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Coloration bright and varied, most often of red or yellow tint.

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Description

Morphology

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.

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Size

One of the largest scyphomedusae, diameter of the umbrella may reach 2 m, the length of the tentacles 20-30 m.

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Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

Cold-water species

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Ecology

Small fish larvae often find shelter beneath the umbrella.

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References

Gaevskaya,(ed.). N. S. (1948).  Opredelitel' Fauny i Flory Severnyh Morey SSSR. Moskva: Sovetskaya Nauka.