Discomedusa lobata

Discomedusa lobata
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Mild stinging

Description

It is a mild-stinging species and therefore with little or no effect on humans. Even so, it is recommended not to touch it since it may produce some type of dermal reaction after the contact in very sensitive persons.

Characteristics

It presents a flat and translucent umbrela that can measure up to 12 cm in diameter. It has 4 flattened oral arms and 48 very thin marginal tentacles. In the central part of the umbrela, the stomach cavity and the 4 gonads of whitish color are visible. This species is often confused with Aurelia spp., However, a characteristic that allows its differentiation are the gonads. In Discomedusalobata, these occupy the entire perimeter of the umbrela forming a single cord, whereas in Aurelia spp. the gonads are horseshoe-shaped and are located in the center of the umbrela.

Frequency

It was considered a rare species in the Mediterranean and little known, but since 2013 is being quite abundant in some coastal areas of Catalonia during spring, summer and autumn.

Distribution and Habitat

There are records of Discomedusa lobata in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean.