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Malo kingi, a deadly Irukandji carybdeid
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Cubozoa
Order: Carybdeida
Gegenbaur, 1857
  • Cubomedusae Haeckel, 1880

Carybdeida is an order of box jellyfish.[1] There are five families within the order.[2] They are distinguished from other box jellyfish by the presence of unbranched muscular bases at the corners of the cubic umbrella.[3] Most species have four tentacles.


  1. ^ "Carybdeida". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. ^ Bentlage, B., Cartwright, P., Yanagihara, A.A., Lewis, C., Richards, G.S., and Collins, A.G. 2010. Evolution of box jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa), a group of highly toxic invertebrates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 493-501.
  3. ^ Daly, Marymegan; et al. (2007). "The phylum Cnidaria: A review of phylogenetic patterns and diversity 300 years after Linnaeus" (PDF). Zootaxa (1668): 127–182.