Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New "Rainbow Glow" Jellyfish Found

Look on the bright side—this luminous new jellyfish species doesn't sting.

The new species also belongs to Ctenophora, a "strange and poorly known" group of animals, said Gershwin, curator of natural science at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Tasmania.

The invertebrate is also incredibly fragile—it shatters as soon as it touches a net, she said.

"So it begs the question," Gershwin said by email, "of how many fragile species are out there, right under our noses, that we have overlooked.… "

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