Nausithoe

Nausithoe ?atlantica Broch, 1914
Phylum Cnidaria / Class Scyphozoa / Order Coronatae / Family Nausithoidae
nausithoe

Few jellies can match the brilliant crimson-red color of this coronate scyphozoan. The flattened bell with 16 marginal lappets has a thick central disc and a distinct annular furrow. It reaches a diameter of about 5 cm. The 8 tentacles alternate with 8 rhopalia. The simple cross-shaped mouth has 4 lips and connects with a dark red stomach. Eight gonads with a dark red color have a round or triangular shape. This is a deep-water species, and has been collected with mid-water trawls below 800 meters off southern California (San Clemente Basin) and Hawaii. There is some uncertainty as to the correct species name, hence the question mark.

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