Animal Species:Box Jellyfish
Standard Common Name
The infamous sea jelly is large and transparent with a box-shaped bell and up to 60 tentacles in four clumps along the base of the bell.
up to 30 cm bell, up to 3 m tentacles
This species occupies the tropical Australian coastal waters from Western Australia through the Northern Territory to Queensland.
Mating and reproduction
Found most often in summer in inshore waters as they feed on bay-dwelling prawns, coastal mangroves, creeks and rivers. They can swim toward movement and may go into the shallows on hot, cloudy, still days in search of prey which, in the summer wet season, can lead to stings in murky coastal river waters.
- Chironex fleckeri
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