PORT PHILLIP BAY


Comb Jelly 

Leucothea

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Scientific Details

Body with large lobes and two long external tentacles. The body is covered with small wart-like papillae. Long, thick auricles. Transparent or with yellow/brown tinge. To 20 mm.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Ctenophora
Class:
Tentaculata
Subclass:
Cyclocoela
Order:
Lobata
Family:
Leucotheidae
Genus:
Leucothea

General Description

A lobed body with two, long external tentacles. The body is covered with small wart-like lumps (papillae). Up to 20 cm long.

Habitat

Ocean, bays and harbours, near surface to depth of 25 m.

Open water

Distribution guide

Worldwide. South-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Jellyfishes and allies Comb jellies

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

20 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Harmful

Not known to be dangerous to humans.

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Browne, J.

Jo Browne is a consultant with expertise in ctenophore and cnidarian taxonomy.

citation

Cite this page as:
Browne, J., 2011, Comb Jelly, Leucothea , in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 27 Jun 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5680

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