Moon Jelly

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Description of the Moon Jelly
The Moon Jelly is also known as the Moon Jellyfish or Moon Jellies. It can be identified by four horseshoe shaped gonads visible through the top of its bell. It moves by drifting through the ocean and feeds on plankton and molluscs that it traps with its tentacles and brings into its body for digestion. Did you know - A group of Jellies is known as a Smack!

Popular Name: Moon Jelly
Species: Aurelia aurita

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Moon Jelly

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Profile of the Moon Jelly
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Moon Jelly species.

  • Size: 25-40cm

  • Diet / Feeding: Plankton and Molluscs

  • Habitat: Oceans with temperatures ranging from 6 to 31 degrees

  • Range: Worldwide Oceans particularly the Eastern and Western Atlantic

Scientific Classification of the Moon Jelly
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Aurelia aurita

  • Popular Name: Moon Jellyfish - Moon Jelly - Moon Jellies

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Cnidaria

  • Class: Scyphozoa

  • Order: Semaeostomeae

  • Family: Ulmaridae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Moon Jelly?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Moon Jelly slimy?
Moon Jelly secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Moon Jelly to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Moon Jelly have gills?
Gills enable the Moon Jelly to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Moon Jelly have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Moon Jelly has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Moon Jelly has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Moon Jelly has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Moon Jelly has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Moon Jelly

Moon Jelly

  • Interesting Information about Moon Jelly

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Moon Jelly slimy?

  • Why do the Moon Jelly have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Moon Jelly have fins?

  • Species: Aurelia aurita

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