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Vampyrocrossota childressi

Vampyrocrossota childressi is a small jellyfish in the family Rhopalonematidae.[1] It is the only known species of jellyfish that is truly black.[2]

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Distribution

Vampyrocrossota childressi has only been found in the Pacific Ocean off California and Oregon.[3] This deep-sea animal lives between 600-1475 m depth.[2]

Etymology

This species was named after James J. Childress, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara who helped discover this jellyfish.[4]

References

  1. ^ Vampyrocrossota childressi Thuesen, E.V. 1993.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species.
  2. ^ a b Thuesen, E.V. 1993. Vampyrocrossota childressi, a new genus and species of black medusa from the bathypelagic zone off California (Cnidaria: Trachymedusae: Rhopalonematidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 106 (1): 190-194. http://biostor.org/cache/pdf/a3/f3/cc/a3f3cc72a73958a5bc0da92920424458.pdf
  3. ^ Thuesen, E.V., 2003. Crossota millsae (Cnidaria: Trachymedusae: Rhopalonematidae), a new species of viviparous hydromedusa from the deep sea off California and Hawaii. Zootaxa, 309: 1-12 http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2003f/zt00309.pdf
  4. ^ "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names". http://www.tmbl.gu.se/libdb/taxon/personetymol/petymol.c.html. Retrieved 28 July 2012.

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