Malo (jellyfish)

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Malo
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Malo kingi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Cubozoa
Order: Carybdeida
Family: Tamoyidae
Genus: Malo
Species

Malo is a genus of box jellies. It contains four species. Malo kingi and Malo maximus (previously Malo maxima, corrected for gender) were described by the Australian marine biologist Lisa-Ann Gershwin in 2007 and 2005, respectively. Both species are extremely venomous Irukandji jellyfish.[1] A third, Malo filipina from the Philippines, was described in 2012,[2] and a fourth species from Northern Australia, the smallest of the genus, was described in 2014 and named M. bella.[3]

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