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Spotted Jelly

Phyllorhiza punctata

A large jellyfish with a rounded bell shape that is clear or tinted brown or yellow. The bell has many obvious small white crystalline spots close to the surface that are evenly distributed.

The tentacles are located in the centre of the bell, with 8 individual arms visible. Two sets of tentacles are visible: one is short, fleshy (cauliflower-like) and the other is longer, clear to white (rope-like) and extend beyond the shorter fleshy tentacles. The longer tentacles also have white spots on their ends.

Size

Average adult bell 35 cm wide, up to 60 cm diameter, and 10 kg in weight.

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What to Observe

Search area for 30 minutes and record the following:

  • Abundant: found easily with little searching

  • Frequent: found with minimal searching

  • Rare: only 1 or 2 individuals found with intensive searching

  • Not found: not present during search

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Throughout the year

Where To Look

  • Throughout Australia
  • Coastal and estuarine habitats.
  • Washed up on beaches after storm events
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What Else?

Similar Species

The white spots on the bell distinguish this jelly from all others. Though Moon Jelly (Aurelia aurita) or Jelly Blubber (Catostylus mosaicus) are similar in size and can also be white to brown in colour.