Chrysaora hysoscella

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Compass jellyfish
Medusa-acquario di Genova.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Pelagiidae
Genus: Chrysaora
Species: C. hysoscella
Binomial name
Chrysaora hysoscella
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Chrysaora hysoscella, also known as the compass jellyfish, is a very common species of jellyfish that lives in coastal waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, including near the United Kingdom and Turkey. It has a diameter of up to 30 cm. Its 24 tentacles are arranged in eight groups of three. It is usually colored yellowish white, with some brown.[1]

It is also known from the southern Atlantic Ocean from the west coast of South Africa and False Bay[2]

Video of the Chrysaora hysoscella (compass jellyfish) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium


  1. ^ Basic information for Chrysaora hysoscella (Compass jellyfish), accessed March 14, 2008
  2. ^ Jones, Georgina. A field guide to the marine animals of the Cape Peninsula. SURG, Cape Town, 2008. ISBN 978-0-620-41639-9