These egg-shaped jellies are recognised by the iridescent narrow rows of beating hair-like cilia along their sides. When viewed in the water, the cilia may look like small rainbows as they reflect light. Two tentacles (retracted within the body when the animal is not feeding). Body usually 2-3 cm long.
These small animals occasionally drift into Port Phillip and wash ashore. There are several comb jelly species living in Victorian waters. Most of them are difficult to preserve and so can be difficult to identify. This species seen in Port Phillip may belong to the genus Pleurobrachia.
Open water, to depth of 200 m.
Not known to be dangerous to humans.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed