Lions Mane Jellyfish (species: Cyanea sp. 1) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cyanea sp. 1
Lions Mane Jellyfish

©John Williamson: A Lions Mane Jellyfish at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island. Bell diameter 25 to 30 cm. The fish are probably juvenile Dusky Driftfish.

©Anne Hoggett: Cyanea sp. 1 off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island. The fish are juvenile Psenes sp..

©Anne Hoggett: Cyanea sp. 1 off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Scyphozoa
Order Semaeostomeae
Family Cyaneidae
Genus Cyanea
Species Cyanea sp. 1



Distinguishing features

A large jellyfish with an evenly grey/white bell; numerous dense narrow pink tentacles.


  • Up to 100 cm (Bell diameter reported for some species in this genus)
  • Up to 30 cm (Bell diameter of Lizard Island specimens)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Not present in the area normally but when there's one, there's usually more. Filmmaker Peter Parks noted this species here in the 1980s. There were no further sightings recorded until Jan 2019 when several people reported seeing them.

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