Pelagia noctiluca (Forsskal, 1775)
Photo taken by George Reclos at a depth of 1 meter. Aegean Sea, Serifos island, August 2004. Click on the image for a high resolution photo.
Distribution: Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Atlantic.
Depth: Up to 70 m, but usually the animals are found up to 20 m or 50 m.
Common name: Pink jellyfish, Warty jellyfish
Size: Diameter about 10 cm. Tentacles can grow to 10 meters.
Natural biotopes: Pelagic species, can be found anywhere.
Artificial environment: Not suitable for aquariums.
Temperature: 10° C to 18° C
Food: Filtration feeder.
Behavior: P. notiluca has separate sexes.
General information: Upon contact with humans, the extraordinarily toxic tentacles produce painful blisters and fever. Local use of antihistamine drugs will relieve the pain.