Image of the Day: Bay Nettle Jelly
From their smaller size and fewer tentacles, nettle jellyfish inhabiting the Chesapeake Bay are noticeably different from their ocean-dwelling counterparts, prompting scientists to classify the two as different species.
Bay nettle jellyfishKEITH BAYHA, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
Bay nettle jellyfish versus sea nettle jellyfish NOAA FISHERIES
See K.M. Bayha et al., “Multigene phylogeny of the scyphozoan jellyfish family Pelagiidae reveals that the common U.S. Atlantic sea nettle comprises two distinct species (Chrysaora quinquecirrha and C. chesapeakei),” PeerJ, 5:e3863, 2017.