Animal Species:Moon Jelly
The Moon Jelly is a common ocean animal and can sometimes be extremely abundant.
It has a transparent jelly-like bell with four horseshoe-shaped, pinkish reproductive organs that surround a square mouth. At each corner of the mouth a feeding tentacle hangs down into the water below.
Moon Jellies are found throughout Australia.
Moon Jellies live in oceans, coastal waters and estuaries.
Feeding and Diet
At each corner of the mouth in Moon Jellies a feeding tentacle hangs down into the water below. These are equipped with stinging cells (nematocysts) to capture small prey that are dragged inward towards the mouth.
Other behaviours and adaptations
The outer edge of the Moon Jelly's bell also has tentacles, as well as eight special sensory organs that tell the jellyfish where it is in the water column. Currents may sweep many of these jellyfish into sheltered bays and they are often washed up on beaches.
Predators, Parasites and Diseases
The Moon Jelly is one of the favourite foods of many species of turtles.
Dr Stephen Keable , Collection Manager, Marine Invertebrates