Friday, March 1, 2013

Flower Hat Jelly

Olindias formosa
Flower Hat Jellies are pretty easy to recognize-- these Cnidarians have translucent bells that are covered in dark pinstripes. In addition to that, they have short-looking tentacles that coil up close to the body, giving them a more compact look. Overall they are small in size, sporting diameters of around 6in.

You will find the Flower Hat Jellies swimming in the Pacific Ocean, in the waters near Japan. They feed mainly on small fishes, which they catch using their stinging tentacles.

If you are a human who gets stung by a Flower Hat, you'll feel some pain. These stings are not lethal.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : Pacific
Size : Diameter up to 6in (15cm)
Classification : Phylum : Cnidaria -- Class : Hydrozoa -- Order : Limnomedusae
Family : Olindiidae -- Genus : Olindias -- Species : O. formosa
Image : kenpei

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