Moon jelly (species: Aurelia aurita) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Aurelia aurita
Moon jelly

©Lyle Vail: Aurelia aurita at Snake Pit near Lizard Island, March 2014

©Anne Hoggett: Part of a large, short-lived swarm of Aurelia aurita at Lizard Island on 15 February 2014.

©Anne Hoggett: Aurelia aurita washed up on beach at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Scyphozoa
Order Semaeostomeae
Family Ulmaridae
Genus Aurelia
Species Aurelia aurita



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Rarely seen except at very wide intervals when large numbers drift in and stay for a short time. One such swarm occurred on 15 Feb 2014 for one day only, disappeared for a few days, then returned for more than a week. The last memorable swarm before that was in the 1990s.  

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