Scientists in Hong Kong have found a new species of jellyfish in a water reserve in the Mai Po Nature Reserve. It was stated that the species, called Tripedalia maipoensis in Latin, has extremely interesting features. According to Livescience, this creature, which has a small cube-shaped structure, has a completely transparent and colorless body.
24-eyed jellyfish discovered in Hong Kong
The creature also has 12 tentacles that end in small, spade-like structures. This feature allows it to move faster than most other jellyfish species. This type of jellyfish with a cube-shaped body is often called "box jellyfish".
Like other box jellyfish species, Tripedalia maipoensis has 24 eyes in clusters. These stand in sets of 6. T. maipoensis is the first box jellyfish found in Chinese waters. It is not known how dangerous the animal, which is only 1.5 centimeters long, is.
Because a significant number of box jellyfish are known to be venomous. Researchers believe T. maipoensis may also be poisonous enough to stun small shrimp called Artemia. But it is unclear whether they will affect people. "It seemed to paralyze Artemia in laboratory experiments," said Qiu: But we didn't touch the animal ourselves to feel the pain.