General Description

Body with rounded top (bell) and eight textured arms, each arm with three "wings". Colour brown, white or pale blue. White cross inside body, visible through the bell. Bell up to 35 cm across.

Biology

Blue Blubbers often aggregate in large numbers in Victorian waters. They have no tentacles, but they do have stinging cells along the arms that help catch prey. Some individuals are known to have isopods, amphipods and/or parasitic anemones living upon them. Blue Blubbers been trialled for aquaculture and may one day be farmed for human food.

Distribution

Torres Strait and eastern Australia.

Habitat

Estuaries and open water, may drift near shore due to tide and winds.

More Information

  • Animal Type

    Anemones & allies

  • Animal SubType

    Jellyfish

  • Brief Id

    A jellyfish with a white cross visible inside the rounded bell and eight arms below bell.

  • Colours

    Brown, White, Blue

  • Maximum Size

    35 cm

  • Habitats

    Open water, Marine

  • Diet

    Carnivore

  • Diet Categories

    Fish

  • Hazards

    Although they may cause a mild sting, Blue Blubbers are not considered a significant human hazard.

  • Endemicity

    Native to Australia

  • Commercial

    No

  • Depths

    Shore (0-1 m), Shallow (1-30 m)

  • Water Column Locations

    Midwater, Surface

  • Taxon Name

    Catostylus mosaicus

  • Scientific Author

    (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

  • Common Name

    Blue Blubber

  • Phylum

    Cnidaria

  • Class

    Scyphozoa

  • Order

    Rhizostomeae

  • Family

    Catostylidae

  • Genus

    Catostylus

  • Species Name

    mosaicus