TERRAPUB Journal of Oceanography

Journal of Oceanography, Vol. 58 (No. 3), pp. 451-459, 2002

On the Polyps of the Common Jellyfish Aurelia aurita in Kagoshima Bay

Hiroshi Miyake1*, Makoto Terazaki1 and Yoshiko Kakinuma2

1Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, 1-15-1 Minamidai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-8639, Japan
2Faculty of Science, Kagoshima University, 1-21-35 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan

(Received 22 November 2000; in revised form 6 October 2001; accepted 10 October 2001)

Abstract: There is the natural habitat of polyps of the common jellyfish Aurelia aurita in the Taniyama area, Kagoshima Bay. We examined the attachment substrata, density, colony structure and strobilation of the polyps. The polyps were observed only on the horizontal undersurface of floating piers. They attached specifically to Mytilus shells, solitary ascidians, calcareous polychaete tubes, muddy amphipod tubes and the gap space that fouling animals peeled off the substrata. The polyp colonies were distributed in patches. Spatial distribution patterns of the polyps within their colonies were uniform. Strobilation occurred during late December to March, when water temperatures were 16-17°C, and a large number of ephyrae were released. An increase in man-made structures such as floating piers in coastal areas may lead to bloomings of Aurelia aurita medusae.

*Corresponding author E-mail: himiyake@jamstec.go.jp

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