MBARI marine biologists have described the new jellyfish with unusual properties.
The researchers of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) identified a new and unusual jellyfish while exploring the depths of the seaPacific Ocean. It is a jellyfish belonging to the genus atolla which are mainly found in deep water. The new jellyfish has been named atolla reynoldsi, in honor of an MBARI volunteer. “We named this amazing new species in honor of Jeff Reynolds in recognition of the 4.3 million hours he and other volunteers have worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium over the past 38 years.” explained george matsumoto, the Senior Education and Research Specialist MBARI.
The specimen discovered is relatively larger than other Atolla species. The largest specimen collected by MBARI researchers measured 13 centimeters (5.1 in) in diameter, making this newly discovered species one of the largest in the genus. A. reynoldsi he also has another gut shaped like a Greek cross. In addition to the absence of the hypertrophic tentacle A. reynoldsi it has coiled tentacles. The edge of the bell resembles a crown. Experts explain that the number of tentacles varies greatly from one individual to another and new A. reynoldsi from can have 26 to 39 Tentacle.