A New Aberrant Jellyfish from the Black Sea

A New Aberrant Jellyfish from the Black Sea Russian Journal of Marine Biology, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2002, pp. 148–150. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Biologiya Morya, Kashkina, Viktorchuk. AT THE END OF THE ISSUE M. I. Kashkina and I. V. Viktorchuk In the summer of 1998, I.V. Viktorchuk was bathing lower body. The latter has the same structure as Rhizos- in the sea in the Crimea and caught a rather unusual jel- tomida (Scyphozoa) (Fig. 2a), the only unique charac- lyfish. At first glance, it seemed to have a shapeless ter being the absence of the rhopalia, which are small excrescence at the top of its dome-shaped exumbrella, bodies containing sense organs, at the margins of the but when the jellyfish was placed in a container with body (this may be accounted for by the presence of eyes water, this excrescence proved to resemble the human and statocysts in the head of a human). body, and Viktorchuk’s imagination suggested him the The humanlike body part is worth a more detailed name “medusoid mermaid” for this creature. Viktor- description. This portion bears only a superficial simi- chuk found this “freak of nature” so amusing that he larity to the human bust, since the shape of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Marine Biology Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2002 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
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