Tag: Box Jellyfish (Cubozoa)

The members of the Box Jellyfish (Cubozoa) family are among the most dangerous animals in the ocean due to their highly toxic tentacles, which they use to immobilise and kill their prey.

Thankfully however, this species of jellyfish is very uncommon in local waters.

There are at least 36 (probably more) species of Box Jellyfish which can be grouped into two orders and six families.

Members of the order Carybdeida are generally characterised as having a single tentacle at each corner of the "bell", whereas those within the order Chirodropida typically have multiple tentacles at each corner.

The members of the Box Jellyfish (Cubozoa) family are among the most dangerous animals in the ocean due to their highly toxic tentacles, which they use to immobilise and kill their prey.

Thankfully however, this species of jellyfish is very uncommon in local waters.

There are at least 36 (probably more) species of Box Jellyfish which can be grouped into two orders and six families.

Members of the order Carybdeida are generally characterised as having a single tentacle at each corner of the "bell", whereas those within the order Chirodropida typically have multiple tentacles at each corner.

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Box Jellyfish (Cnidaria)

The species shown in this photograph belongs within the Carybdeidae family which is distinguished by the presence of four retractable tentacles, with one attached to a muscular base at each corner of the body.