It takes a careful eye to find this diminutive
hydromedusa. The oblong, transparent bell is at most about 12 mm
tall. Four somewhat jagged radial canals are readily visible. The
tubular stomach is completely covered by the gonad, which may be red or
whitish. Four relatively prominent tentacle bulbs are connected to 3 or 4
tentacles that may be of different lengths (depending on the species). The
bulbs and tentacles most commonly have a scarlet coloration, but may be white or
yellowish. Several species of this poorly known jelly inhabit West Coast
waters from California to the Bering Sea. It's rarely abundant anywhere
within this range.
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