(Chamisso & Eysenhardt, 1821)|
Phylum Cnidaria / Class Hydrozoa / Order Trachymedusae / Family Geryoniidae
Like other trachymedusae, this species lacks an attached polyp. Gonads release eggs or sperm into the water and the fertilized eggs develop into planulae. These form free-swimming actinula larvae, which develop directly into medusae. In nearshore waters of central and southern California, Liriope can occur in massive surface aggregations during periods of warmer oceanic water intrusion. This typically happens during fall months in Monterey Bay. This widespread species occurs worldwide from about 40 degrees N to 40 degrees S latitude, and ranges into northern California on the West Coast. It is a fairly common jelly in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
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