Malo kingi

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Malo kingi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Cubozoa
Order: Carybdeida
Family: Tamoyidae
Genus: Malo
Species: M. kingi
Binomial name
Malo kingi
Gershwin, 2007

Malo kingi or the common kingslayer is an Irukandji jellyfish named after victim Robert King, a tourist from the United States swimming off Port Douglas, Queensland,[1] who died from its sting. It was first described to science in 2007, and is one of four species in genus Malo.[2] It has some of the world's most potent venom, even though it is no bigger than a human thumbnail.[3] As an Irukandji, it can cause Irukandji syndrome, characterized by severe pain, vomiting, and rapid rise in blood pressure.


  1. ^ "Killer jelly named after victim". Cairns Post. February 26, 2008. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gershwin, L. (2007). Malo kingi: A new species of Irukandji jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Carybdeida), possibly lethal to humans, from Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 1659 55-68.
  3. ^ Malo kingi. Science Channel.