Deepstaria enigmatica

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Deepstaria enigmatica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Ulmaridae
Genus: Deepstaria
D. enigmatica
Binomial name
Deepstaria enigmatica
Russell, 1967

Deepstaria enigmatica, is a jellyfish of the family Ulmaridae first described in 1967 by F.S. Russell. The bell of this jellyfish is very thin and wide (up to approx. 2 feet)[1], and resembles a translucent, undulating sheet or lava lamp as the animal moves. They are usually found in Antarctic and near-Antarctic seas but have been spotted in waters near the United Kingdom, at depths of 600 to 1750 meters.[1][2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Russell, F. S. (1967). "On a Remarkable New Scyphomedusan". Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 47 (3): 469–73. doi:10.1017/S0025315400035098. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25.
  • Larson, R. J.; Madin, L. P.; Harbison, G. R. (1988). "In Situ Observations of Deepwater Medusae in the Genus Deepstaria, with a Description of D. Reticulum, Sp. Nov". Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 68 (4): 689–99. doi:10.1017/S0025315400028800. OCLC 4669434269.


  1. ^ a b "Deepstaria enigmatica". Antarctic Invertebrates. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ "The Cascade Creature". Antarctic Invertebrates. Smithsonian Institution. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.

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