A stalked jellyfish (Lucernariopsis campanulata)

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Researched byJessica Heard Refereed byAdmin
Authority(Lamouroux, 1815)
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Lucernariopsis campunulata has a funnel-shaped bell, which may grow to 5 cm in height. The colour is always uniform but varies between red, green or brown. The umbrella surface has a wart like appearance with groups of turquoise spots (nematocyst storage vesicles). Each of the eight arms has approximately 45 tentacles, the outer ones displaying significant basal swelling. Long, narrow gonads extend to the tip of each arm.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Lucernariopsis campunulata may be found all around coasts of the British Isles but less frequently on the east coast.

Global distribution



Lucernariopsis campunulata inhabit the lower shore and shallow sublittoral of rocky coasts, commonly found on algae and seagrasses.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • Eight arms.
  • Uniformly coloured with groups of turquoise spots.
  • Eight long narrow gonads.
  • No anchor (primary tentacle) between each arm (see additional information).

Additional information

Anchors (primary tentacles) are present in certain species of Strauromedusae (e.g. Haliclystus salpinx) between the arms. These are used by the animal to attach to substratum and allow it to move in a cartwheeling fashion.

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  1. Corbin, P.G., 1979. The seasonal abundance of four species of Stauromedusae (Coelenterata: Schyphomedusae) in Plymouth. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 59, 385-391.


This review can be cited as:

Heard, J.R. 2007. Lucernariopsis campanulata A stalked jellyfish. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/2101

Last Updated: 03/09/2007