Box Jellyfish in South Florida
Description and Comments
This Jelly was actively swimming around my underwater dock light behind my house on a side canal of the New River (about 1 mile inland) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this November 2013.
Type of organism
Yes, this is definitely a Box
Yes, this is definitely a Box Jelly, likely Tamoya haplonema. Generally these are not seen at this time of year. I suggest changing your sighting type to box jelly so that people know it is in fact one. Thanks for the report and image!
wow. I have heard tamoya can
wow. I have heard tamoya can be found this time of year but its a bit uncommon. do you have contact info? im actually looking into obtaining this species. it would be interesting to see if there are anymore.
You may want to contact
In reply to wow. I have heard tamoya can by jellyfisherman
You may want to contact Travis Brandwood. He may be able to give you some useful information.
hes a friend of mine. did you
In reply to You may want to contact by BernietheTortoise
hes a friend of mine. did you get the email from steve yet?
Yes sir, I did.
In reply to hes a friend of mine. did you by jellyfisherman
Yes sir, I did.
Did you notice any color
Did you notice any color banding on the tentacles? I am not able to discern from the photo. If there was banding between a rusty red/brown and white colors on the tentacles you have a rare Tamoya ohboya, spotted as of yet only in the Caribbean. f the tentacles were generally only yellow or purple (no banding), you have Tamoya haplonema, a native species.
it looks like banding to me.
it looks like banding to me. actually my first assumption was that it was ohboya. its really hard to tell from the picture though.
Myself also. I do believe
In reply to it looks like banding to me. by jellyfisherman
Myself also. I do believe that this is Tamoya ohboya. This would be the first documented case of T. ohboya that has been confirmed this far North.