hydromedusa sp, jellyfish (2)

photo via: lifesci.ucsb.edu

hydromedusa sp, jellyfish (1)

photo via: lifesci.ucsb.edu

Habitat: Deep sea
Status: Unknown

I’m sad to report that I have little to no information on this spectacular denizen of the deep. It’s an undescribed species of hydromedusa jellyfish in the genus Tetrochis¬†that possesses some bioluminescent capabilities.

From the UCSB website: “pink pigmentation [is] due to absorbance, and [the] rainbow iridescence [is] due to the thin-film effect of its tissue acting on white incident light.”

The Hydromedusae, is a subclass within the Class Hydrozoa,¬†that contains mostly small, inconspicuous species of medusae jellyfish. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that this stunning species of jelly is very, very tiny.

I apologize for the lack of info on this one, but it was just too beautiful not to post! Anyone with more to say on this fantastic creature, please leave a comment!