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Jellyfish Scientific Names

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Jellyfish Scientific Names

Many people around the world are fascinated by the jellyfish. Their fluid movement, their unique shape, their gelatinous body mass as well as their vivid coloration makes them a visual eye candy. On the other hand, many people are also deeply interested in the history of the jellyfish. Jellyfish are amongst the oldest living creatures in the world. They have survived on this planet for more than 650 million years, long before even the dinosaurs even appeared.

And then, there are people who are fascinated by the life cycle of the jellyfish. Their reproduction system involves both sexual as well as asexual reproduction cycles. And finally, many people are interested in the origin of the jellyfish. It is indeed possible that jellyfish may have been one of the first creatures to have made the transition from plant life to animal life.

Jellyfish exist in all marine waters of the world. They exist from the very surface of the water to the very depths of the water. While many species of jellyfish are found in warm, tropical oceans near the equator, some species are also found in the cold, frigid waters of the North Pacific Ocean. While some jellyfish are only a few centimeters wide, some species can grow up to 7 feet in diameter. While some jellyfish have no tentacles at all, the tentacles of some jellyfish grow as long as 150 feet. Most jellyfish live in marine environments, but some species also exist in freshwater lakes.

Although jellyfish hobbyists have wanted to keep jellyfish in captivity since a very long time, it has not been possible until recently. In the past, only government funded agencies had the resources to maintain the stringent requirements of the jellyfish habitat but times are changing and new jellyfish aquarium solutions are available. In the past only large insitutions had access to both live jellyfish and jellyfish food. Technological advancements and the advent of private players in the market have made it possible for serious hobbyists to keep and breed jellyfish.

Here is some interesting information on jellyfish scientific names, for those of you who are interested in the subject. Jellyfish belong to the Kingdom "Animalia" and the Phylum "Cnidaria" of which they are the free floating members. They belong to the Sub Phylum 'Medusozoa'. There are four classes in this sub phylum:
  • class: Scyphozoa (about 200 species), called scyphomedusae
  • class: Staurozoa (about 50 species), called stauromedusae
  • class: Cubozoa (about 20 species), called cubomedusae
  • class: Hydrozoa (not all members of this class are classified as jellyfish, only about 1000-1500 species or so) , called hydromedusae.
Note: The first half of the name refers to the class of the jellyfish, while the second half is a reference to the subphylum it belongs to- Medusozoa.

Here are the scientific names of some common jellyfish:

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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