species: Versuriga sp in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Versuriga sp

©Anne Hoggett: A specimen of Versuriga sp at Yonge Reef. Bell diameter is 25 to 30 cm.

©Anne Hoggett: Versuriga sp at Yonge Reef

©Lyle Vail: Versuriga sp┬ásp. at Lizard Island in February 2013
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Scyphozoa
Order Rhizostomeae
Family Versurigidae
Genus Versuriga
Species Versuriga sp
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

A large solid jelly blubber, pale brown all over, with eight robust appendages and numerous tentacles under the bell. Bell diameter reaches at least 60 cm. Upper surface of the bell is covered with shallow ridges and valleys. Swims actively.


  • Up to 60 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Bell diameter



Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: We saw numerous (tens) of these jellyfish during a short period in late December 2011. This is the first time we can recall seeing any during more than 20 years in the Lizard Island area. For a couple of subsequent summers we saw a few, but as of Mar 2018, have not seen any for the past few years.

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