Five Texas Jellyfish—and Relatives—to Know

Five Texas Jellyfish—and Relatives—to Know

texas jellyfish speciesAlthough no one can say for sure whether jellyfish blooms are increasing along the Texas coast, ocean ecosystems around the world are clearly becoming more gelatinous. Here are the five most common species found in the Gulf of Mexico, along with their sting ratings.Moon Jelly(Aurelia sp. 9 or Aurelia sp. new) Clear except for a four-leaf-clover shape on their bells, moon jellies grow as big as a Frisbee. These jellies brood their larvae in their frilly oral arms until the offspring are old enough to swim off. Genetic data recently revealed that Texas is home to at least two different moon jellies that look nearly identical, a phenomenon known as cryptic speciation.Sting severity: mild to mediumSea Nettle (Chrysaora chesapeakei) Like nettles vexing your ankles in a pasture, sea…

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