Moon Jelly
(Aurelia spp.)

General information
Copyright Julianne E. Steers

Phylum: Cnidaria
Size: Up to 15 inches
Range: Coast of California, and in the waters off the East Coast, Europe, Japan and the Gulf of Mexico 
Diet: Small plankton
Notes: Just like the adult phase of the moon jelly, the larvae have special nematocysts to capture prey and also to protect themselves from predators.