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.

Oct 17, 2017
Aggie Mika

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.