Chiropsalmus quadrumanus

Chiropsalmus quadrumanus

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Overview

Biology

C. quadrumanus has a transparent coloring with the exception of the tentacles, which are a mauve color.  It is venomous, and is particularly lethal for small children.  Generally 5-6 inches in bell diameter, it a lobe attached to each bell corner with several long tentacles attached. 

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Description

Diagnostic Description

Bell dome-shaped; translucent; four large, hand-shaped pedalia with 7 to 9 finger-like branches, each branch giving rise to long slender tentacle; tentacles covered with closely set rings of nematocysts.

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Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

North Carolina; Caribbean; Gulf of Mexico; Mexico; Brazil.

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Trophic Strategy

Feed on small fish that are caught in their trailing tentacles. 

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References

Gershwin, L-A. (2006).  Comments on Chiropsalmus (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Chirodropida): a preliminary revision of the Chiropsalmidae, with descriptions of two new genera and two new species. Zootaxa. 1231, 1-42.
Ruppert, E. E., & Fox R. S. (1988).  Seashore Animals of the Southeast. 371.