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Deepstaria enigmatica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Ulmaridae
Genus: Deepstaria
Species: D. enigmatica
Binomial name
Deepstaria enigmatica
Russell, 1967

Deepstaria enigmatica, is a jellyfish of the family Ulmaridae first described in 1967 by F.S. Russel. The bell of this jellyfish is very thin and wide (up to approx. 60 cm), and resembles a translucent, undulating sheet or lava lamp as the animal moves. They are usually found in Antarctic and near-Antarctic seas but have been spotted in waters near the United Kingdom, at depths of 829 to 1830 meters.[1][2]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Deepstaria enigmatica". Antarctic Invertebrates. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Cascade Creature". Antarctic Invertebrates. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 

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