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TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC
Sub Pens, Boca Chica Key, Florida, 15 feet
Fluorescent image *
Stock Island, FL, 2 feet
MANGROVE UPSIDE-DOWN JELLYFISH
Locally abundant on silty bottom of quiet lagoons in
association with Red Mangroves. Will release
powerful nematocysts into the water with the slightest disturbance. Contains
zooxanthellae and lays upside-down to expose tentacles to the
sun. Settlement requires chemical compounds released by
rotting Red Mangrove leaves. Attains 12 inches. Tropical
|* Federally-funded images via:
"Identification and Characterization of Cryptic Fleming Bay Marine
Stingers, Special Forces Underwater Operations (SFUWO) at Fleming Bay,
FL", PI Angel Yanagihara with UH Diving Safety Program Divers E. Waldrop,
G. Stender, Y. Stender, NIH RMATRIX Award U54RR026136 (May -July, 2011).
These results were also
presented in a poster "E. Waldrop, G. Stender, Y. Stender, J. Smith, A.
Jaferis, K. Kelly and A. Yanagihara, Identification and Characterization
of Cryptic Fleming Bay Marine Stingers, Special Forces Underwater
Operations (SFUWO) at Fleming Bay, FL, Department of Cell and Molecular
Biology John A. Burns School of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Symposium.
University of Hawai’i’. April 18th, 2012"