Chironex

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Chironex
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Chironex sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Cubozoa
Order: Chirodropida
Family: Chirodropidae
Genus: Chironex
Southcott, 1956
Species

C. fleckeri
C. yamaguchii

Chironex is a genus of box jellyfish in the Chirodropidae family. Traditionally, only a single species, C. fleckeri, was recognized in this genus, but in 2009 a second species, C. yamaguchii, was described.[1] Their stings are highly venomous, and both species have caused human fatalities. Based on present knowledge, the genus is restricted to the central Indo-Pacific, ranging from to southern Japan to northern Australia.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lewis C., Bentlage B. (2009). "Clarifying the identity of the Japanese Habu-kurage, Chironex yamaguchii, sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Chirodropida)". Zootaxa 2030: 59–65. ISSN 1175-5326.  http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2009/f/z02030p065f.pdf
  2. ^ Fenner, P. J. (2000). Chironex fleckeri – the north Australian box-jellyfish. marine-medic.com