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First record of upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda (Forskål, 1775) (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae: Cassiopeidae) from Sri Lanka

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Krishan D. Karunarathne,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), 60170, LK
About Krishan D.
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition
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Shanika M. Liyanaarachchi,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), 60170, LK
About Shanika M.
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition
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M. D. S. T. de Croos

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), 60170, LK
About M. D. S. T.
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition
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Abstract

The circumtropical upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda is native to the Indian region, but no scientific documentations are confirming its presence in Sri Lankan waters. Hence in this paper, the occurrence of C. andromeda in Sri Lankan waters is reported for the first time. Species identification was based on several specimens collected from shallow waters of north and east coasts of the country in 2017. The C. andromeda found from Sri Lanka is a mild stinger and so far there are no reports on severe health issues cause to fishers and tourists. Also, this species was identified as a potential ornamental species due to its gorgeous appearance with very high colour variation.
How to Cite: Karunarathne, K.D., Liyanaarachchi, S.M. and de Croos, M.D.S.T., 2020. First record of upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda (Forskål, 1775) (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae: Cassiopeidae) from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 25(2), pp.57–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljas.v25i2.7577
Published on 15 Sep 2020.
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