Spotted, Jelly (Mastigias papua)

Oral Arms
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The Spotted Jelly does not have a single mouth like most other jellies, but rather has clumps of "oral arms," which contain many small mouth openings. The brownish tint comes from algae, which is another source of food for this jelly.


Spotted Jelly external link (Mastigias papua)   •  Monterey Aquarium external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 17 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:56:14 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_0572
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Stubby Legs
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The Spotted Jelly has stubby legs thus making it attractive as a pet. The are chiefly sold as novelty pets along the Pacific coast of Japan. As pets they are called takokurage which means "octopod" or "rammer."


Spotted Jelly external link (Mastigias papua)   •  Monterey Aquarium external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 17 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:56:06 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_0571
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Showing Their Spots
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The Spotted Jelly is called that because of its spots. Also called the Lagoon Jelly because it is it is mainly found in the lagoons of the southern Pacific Ocean.


Spotted Jelly external link (Mastigias papua)   •  Monterey Aquarium external link   •  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 17 October 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:55:23 Wednesday 20 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2080
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