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Stomolophus meleagris   Agassiz, 1862

cannonball jellyfish

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Stomolophus meleagris   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Scyphozoa | Rhizostomeae | Stomolophidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Migotto, A.E., A.C. Marques, A.C. Morandini and F.L. da Silveira. 2002. (Ref. 813)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 18.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 2992)


Pelagic; brackish; depth range 0 - 128 m (Ref. 101446)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 42°N - 30°S, 118°W - 34°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific: Tropical to temperate.

Short description

Up to 18 cm wide, half egg shaped or almost globular; number of velar lappets variable, about 14 in each octant, grooves between them short, all alike; scapules large, extending to or beyond level of bell margin; the free, bifurcate ends of the mouth-arms flare outwards, the lateral branches long.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Feeds on bivalve veligers, gastropod veligers, copepod eggs, nauplii, copepodites and adults, and Oikopleura sp. (Ref. 106824). The fertilized egg develops into a tiny, motile planula larva. After swimming freely in the water for several days, the planula attaches to a suitable substrate and transforms into a sessile polyp or scyphistoma. Scyphistomae feed and grow, attaining a maximum size of a few mm. They reproduce asexually a number of ways, including the formation of podocysts and motile or non-motile buds, but only podocyst. The scyphistoma undergoes strobilation which results to ephyrae; developing itself into medusae (Ref. 7696).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)


CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: of potential interest
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More information

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)