Deepstaria reticulum

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Deepstaria reticulum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Ulmaridae
Genus: Deepstaria
Species: D. reticulum
Binomial name
Deepstaria reticulum
Larson, Madin, and Harbison, 1988

Deepstaria reticulum, is a jellyfish of the family Ulmaridae. It was described by Larson, Madin, and Harbison in 1988. This was the second described Deepstaria species, the first having been Deepstaria enigmatica (Russell, 1967).


Deepstaria reticulum has a wide, fan-like bell that is often a deep purple color, under the bell there is a small cluster of tentacles, loaded with stinging, venomous barbs like any other jellyfish. At the largest, they get about 0.7 meters long. Unlike their counterparts, deepstaria enigmatica, their bell is spread wide, like a thin, translucent bed sheet. (Deepstaria enigmatica has a wide bell, too, but resembles a lava lamp or a lady in colonial time's dress.)

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