Stalked trumpet jelly at Pyramid Rock. Photo Carel v.d. Colff
Another view of the stalked trumpet jelly. Photo Carel v.d. Colff
Stalked trumpet jelly at Castle Rock. Photo Guido Zsilavecz
Two specimens of Lucernariopsis capensis. Photos Guido Zsilavecz
|Stalked trumpet jelly (Depastromorpha africana)
Stalked jellies (Stauromedusae) are unusual jellyfish in that they are sessile - unlike most jellyfish which swim around, these revert back to a sessile form, and live attached to reefs or algae. There are at least three species which can be found in Cape Town, all of which are rare. In one week 2 specimens of the stalked trumpet jelly were found - quite coincidental given their rarity. Shown is also a second species, Lucernariopsis capensis, which SURG member Guido Zsilavecz had the luck to find a few times.
For more details on this species, see "A field guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula" available directly from SURG or better dive and book stores in Cape Town.
A field guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula, G Jones, 2008