General Description

Top of body (bell) has eight rounded lobes, each lobe with a cleft in the middle. Bell much thicker in middle than at edges. Arms purple throughout, bell deep reddish brown (may be clear in small specimens). Tentacles numerous, long and fine. Bell usually 25 cm across, up to 1 m across.

Biology

Lion's Mane Jellyfish sometimes wash ashore at surf beaches and can cause minor stings to swimmers. They are also known as Snotties or Hairy Stingers. This jellyfish has been mistaken for similar species and as a result there is uncertainty around its distribution.

Distribution

South-eastern Australia.

Habitat

Open water, may drift to shore, to depth of 20 m.

More Information

  • Animal Type

    Anemones & allies

  • Animal SubType

    Jellyfish

  • Brief Id

    Eight rounded lobes on bell, red internal body parts, numerous tentacles.

  • Colours

    Red, Transparent, White, Brown

  • Habitats

    Open water

  • Diet

    Carnivore

  • Diet Categories

    Fish

  • Hazards

    Minor to moderately severe sting possible.

  • Endemicity

    Native to Australia

  • Commercial

    No

  • Depths

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

  • Water Column Locations

    Midwater, Surface

  • Taxon Name

    Cyanea annaskala

  • Scientific Author

    Lendenfeld, 1882

  • Common Name

    Lion's Mane Jellyfish

  • Phylum

    Cnidaria

  • Class

    Scyphozoa

  • Order

    Semaeostomeae

  • Family

    Cyaneidae

  • Genus

    Cyanea

  • Species Name

    annaskala