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White-spotted Jellyfish Fact File

Phyllorhiza punctata






White-spotted Jellyfish

White-spotted Jellyfish
Photo: Jiri Lochman/Lochman Transparencies





This large and spectacular jellyfish is common during the summer months in New South Wales coastal waters and estuaries, including Sydney Harbour. It is easily recognised by the large, semi-transparent, rounded bell covered in regularly spaced, white dots. The trailing tentacles also end in whitened spots. The White-spotted Jellyfish is causing a problem overseas, particularly in the Caribbean region. It may have hitched a ride in ships' ballast tanks, travelling from Australia and the Pacific region to the Caribbean. Here, it found an ideal place to breed, free of their natural predators (various Pacific-region snails).

Distribution:
Throughout Australia.

Habitat:
Oceans, coastal waters.

Status:
Common in summer

Size:
Bell width up to 50 cm.

Sting:

Mild or not noticeable.