You'll need to travel to Puget Sound and areas north to
find this hydromedusa. It's a small jelly, with bell up to 2 cm
wide. A distinctive feature is the prominent bulbous gelatinous cap at the
tip of the bell. Four broad, jagged-edged radial canals are easily
visible. The wide stomach has frilly lips and a light brown, pinkish or
golden-brown color. Folded conspicuous gonads with similar coloration
attach to the stomach. Individuals vary in the number of tentacles, with
some possessing 8, others 16, and the rest favoring 32. Comb jellies and
other hydromedusa fall prey to this medusivore. This jelly ranges from
Puget Sound to the Bering Sea and may be abundant during late spring. It's
generally found in water no deeper than about 100 meters.
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