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Haliclystus auricula

(Rathke, 1806)

Andrey Shpatak Japan Sea. Rudnaya Bay. Jelly fish Haliclystus auricula Nikon D700+Nikkor 60mm+1,5TC. Aug 2011

Noriyuki Otani It looks like fireworks! Beautiful!

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 08 Jul 2013
George Brown Lucernaria quadricornis, East Lunna Voe, Shetland. About 70mm diameter. Depth 10m. Seemed able to move about using its foot and tentacled arms.

Joanne Porter George Could you post this into the Orkney and Shetland Seasearch group too, I'm sure there are people in that group that would love to see this :)

Allen Collins Fantastic!

George Brown Hi Joanne, working on that right now. I tried a few days ago but failed due to poor reception. Home now! :o)

Penny Martin that is lovely, I really like stalked jellies ...... we have seen craterolophus convolvulus , lucernariopsis campanulata and Haliclystus auricula here in Orkney

Rebecca Helm Really, you saw it wiggle around, moving its foot? Did it adhere with its tentacles?

Rebecca Helm Lovely picture, btw.

George Brown Rebecca, it didn't wiggle but moved its foot. My other photos show its leg shrinking, becoming corrugated and reattaching itself to the kelp. I've also read it eats Lacuna vincta so it's got to be mobile.

Rebecca Helm WOW! So was it holding on with it's "arms" during this process? That is so cool!

George Brown Exactly! A case for video which I would have done if I wasn't frozen to the core. I tried to (very gently!) lift it towards a better camera position but couldn't prise the arm off the kelp. Too cold so gave up!

Allen Collins Yummm. Littorines for lunch.

George Brown Had to Google that Allen! Think I'll stick with a bacon roll.

Andy Horton http://www.seawater.no/fauna/cnidaria/quadricornis.html

Message posted on NE Atlantic Cnidaria on 14 Mar 2013
Penny Martin Craterolophus convolvulus ?????

Penny Martin Found in Orkney .... we seem to have 3 separate species of stalked jellyfish here .... see Anne's post above

Penny Martin all 3 seen today ... the other is haliclystus auricula

Penny Martin I saw at least 12 of these ... different sizes ... largest about 30 mm long ... see other photo for the stalk/bell proportions....

David Fenwick Snr Definately Craterolophus convolvulus

Message posted on NE Atlantic Cnidaria on 18 Aug 2012
Anne Bignall Can anyone help with a species id for this please?!

Darryl Mayer Stalked Jellyfish

Anne Bignall Which species though?

Penny Martin Anne and I have photos of haliclystus auricula and what we think is Craterolophus convolvulus but this is different from both. All seen today in Orkney........

Darryl Mayer We need more info to determine that. How big, what length differences between stalk and funnel, where they were seen... but have a looksee here http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3445

David Fenwick Snr Looks very much like Lucernariopsis campanulata.

David Fenwick Snr Darryl, I've just looked at the Haliclystus images here, both look like they may have white nematocysts which if they have would of course make them both Haliclystus octoradiatus. More detailed images are really needed though.

Anne Bignall Thanks all, I'll post more photos......

Marco Faasse It is indeed certainly a Lucernariopsis, though I'm not quite sure which one, L. campanulata or L. cruxmelitensis. Characters and drawings seem to be in the Hayward & Ryland book. The other two species you IDd perfectly youself!

Anne Bignall Thanks again - there seems to be a sudden influx of different stalked jellies here in Orkney - or perhaps we'd just not noticed before?

David Fenwick Snr That's very interesting as here in Penzance I start finding them in October and finish about May. Out of interest has the weather been cloudier than normal with you Anne, or has the water vis been poorer than normal through sediment or blooms ?

Anne Bignall It has been a pretty grey and cloudy summer - very changeable even for Orkney I'd say. Viz not bad though - although it was poorer than usual on the day I saw this.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Cnidaria on 18 Aug 2012
Claire Goodwin Does anyone have any nice pictures of Haliclystus auricula or Cyanea capillata they would be willing to let me have for a Seasearch marine life ID course? Despite spending loads of time on stops I seem to have failed to snap any lion's manes!

Claire Goodwin No rush. Course not until July! (possibly dates not confirmed).

Erling Svensen I have sent one of each on your email, Claire....

Claire Goodwin Thanks Dawn! Any idea if there is a Seasearch approved common name for Haliclystus? MarLIN are using kaleidoscope jellyfish.

Claire Goodwin Thanks Erling!

Charlotte Bolton Claire - kaleidoscope jellyfish seems to be the consensus on the south coast too...

Kåre Telnes Be my guest! :-) http://www.seawater.no/fauna/cnidaria/auricula.html

Kåre Telnes http://www.seawater.no/fauna/cnidaria/capillata.html

Kåre Telnes Tell me which one you want and I'll send you a jpg.

Simon Parker A rather ragged specimen:https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/34300_410178875684_6832890_n.jpg

Claire Goodwin Thanks all - sorted for pictures now.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Cnidaria on 12 Apr 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Cnidaria (Phylum)
    Staurozoa (Class)
      Stauromedusae (Order)
        Eleutherocarpida (Suborder)
          Lucernariidae (Family)
            Haliclystus (Genus)
              Haliclystus auricula (Species)
Associated Species