Animal Species:Purple Stinger

The Purple Stinger is a delicate, small and attractively coloured jellyfish with four fragile mouth arms and eight tentacles around the bell.

Purple Stinger floating in water

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Purple Stinger

Alternative Name/s

Purple People Eater

Identification

The Purple Stinger is a delicate, small and attractively coloured jellyfish with four fragile mouth arms and eight tentacles around the bell.

Size range

10 cm

Distribution

Purple Stingers are throughout eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Purple Stinger lives in oceans and coastal waters.

Other behaviours and adaptations

It is also sometimes known as the 'purple people-eater' because it can deliver a nasty sting. The tentacles, mouth, arms and bell are covered in tiny dots, which are bundles of stinging cells (nematocysts) that will leave a painful, itchy rash if you come into contact with them.

The Purple Stinger is commonly encountered in summer on Sydney's beaches. Whether it is actually present in higher numbers in summer is uncertain, for it could just be that more jellyfish are noticed because more people swim in the summer.

Danger to humans and first aid

These jellyfish can deliver a painful sting. If stung, apply a cold pack to relieve the pain if necessary.

Classification

Species:
noctiluca
Genus:
Pelagica
Family:
Pelagiidae
Order:
Semaeostomeae
Class:
Scyphozoa
Phylum:
Cnidaria
Kingdom:
Animalia

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