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Phylum Cnidaria | jellyfish | Class Scyphozoa > Order Semaeostomeae
Ribbon jellyfish
Chrysaora sp.
Family Pelagiidae
updated Dec 2019
Where seen? This jellyfish with long trailing ribbon-like oral arms is sometimes seen in numbers on our shores, more commonly on our Southern shores. And then they are not seen again for some time.

Features: Bell translucent about 8-12cm, thin long tentacles around the bell, ribbon-like oral arms 20-50cm long. The oral arms are flat and ribbon-like with ruffled edges. The animal may be all white, or have orange or pink oral arms. Sometimes the edge of the bell has large brown dots.

Jelly friends: Small fish have been seen sheltering among its tentacles and arms.

Terumbu Semakau, Mar 11

Terumbu Semakau, Mar 11
Ribbons of Pain! This jellyfish stings painfully and powerfully. In the water, the jellyfish is translucent and easily overlooked, until you brush against one of its long stinging arms with bare skin.

Stingers are still active even after the jellyfish is dead or dying. So don't touch jellyfish, or bits of jellyfish, even if these are stranded on the beach.

How to stay safe: Do not touch jellyfishes. Wear covered shoes and long pants to cover all skin exposed to water.

Broken off parts of the jellyfish in the water.
Pasir Ris Park, Apr 10

Stranded jellyfish can still sting!
Don't touch them!

Raffles Marina, Jul 05

Ribbon jellyfishes on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Raffles Marina, Jul 05

Pasir Ris Park, Apr 10
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on flickr.

Changi Loyang, Jun 23
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Chek Jawa, Jun 23
Photo shared by Kelvin Yong on facebook.

Kusu Island, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

St John's Island, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Hantu, Apr 09
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her blog.

Cyrene, Apr 23
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Terumbu Raya, Mar 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 23
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Ribbon Jellyfish @ Pulau Hantu 17Apr2010 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.

Terumbu Bemban, Apr 11

Jelly n Fish @ tBembanBesar 22Apr2011 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.

With grateful thanks to Dr Michael N Dawson of the University of California, Merced for identifying this jellyfish.

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