Cyanea capillata (Linnaeus, 1758)
lion's mane
photo by Harvey-Clark, Chris

Family:  Cyaneidae ()
Max. size:  228.6 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 85 m
Distribution:  Arctic and Northeast Atlantic: from Iceland to France, north to Svalbard and east to Russia.
Diagnosis:  Diameter up to 100 cm; rhopalar and tentacular stomach pouches completely separated; peripheral canals more or less curved; without or with very few anastomoses; color reddish brown or yellowish.
Biology:  The tentacle of the longest medusozoa meaures 36.6 m (Ref. 99323). The largest specimen observed was 2 meters wide (Ref. 121705). Estuarine, potentially pathogenic (Ref. 116114). Members of the class Scyphozoa are gonochoric. Life cycle: Egg is laid by the adult medusa which later develops into a free-living planula, then to a scyphistoma to a strobila, and lastly to a free-living young medusa (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
Country info:   

Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 05.10.20

Source and more info: For personal, classroom, and other internal use only. Not for publication.

php script by sortiz, 10/02/17 ,  last modified by sortiz, 10/02/17