Redescription of the enigmatic jellyfish, Crambionella annandalei (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) from Indian waters

Behera, Pralaya Ranjan and Jishnudev, M A and Saravanan, Raju and Roul, Subal Kumar and Ghosh, Shubhadeep and Uma Mahesh, V and Joshi, K K (2020) Redescription of the enigmatic jellyfish, Crambionella annandalei (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) from Indian waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

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    The catostylid jellyfish, Crambionella annandalei was originally described by Rao (1932) based on a preserved specimen collected from the Andaman Sea. Since then, no detailed taxonomic studies have been conducted and the species is often misidentified. Here, we provide a detailed morphological re-description of C. annandalei from fresh material collected at a variety of locations along the east coast of India. The species can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of morphological characters, the most important of which are the proportion of terminal club length to oral arm length (0.48 ± 0.031), the proportion of the distal portion of the oral arm to naked proximal portion (7.25 ± 0.268) and the body colour. The occurrence of intra-specific colour variation in fresh specimens was also observed in the present study.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bay of Bengal; Discomedusae; edible jellyfish; Indian Ocean; re-description and rhizostome jellyfish
    Subjects: Invertebrata > Hydrozoa
    Marine Environment > Jellyfish
    Divisions: CMFRI-Mandapam
    CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity

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    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 10:37
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2022 07:30

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