Marine biologists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed several species of the jellyfish genus Crossota in Monterey Bay, California.

MBARI biologists used a remotely operated vehicle to observe Crossota jellyfish in Monterey Canyon, a submarine canyon in Monterey Bay, California.

Crossota species tend to be solitary and pelagic in nature.

They have red coloration, a hemispherical bell, eight tubular gonads, tentacles in single or multiple rows.

“The eggs in the females are large and globular, while the male gonads are shaped like sausages.”

“The baby medusae stay attached under the mother’s bell until they are ready to launch.”

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