Moonlighting: Throwing Some New Light on the Life Cycle of the Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)
Jellyfish have incredibly complex life cycles, involving many different stages during which they look nothing like the typical domed creatures we are so familiar with. Staff from the aquarium at the Horniman Museum and Gardens have been conducting research into the reproduction and development of Moon Jellyfish and have recently released a paper* on the topic along with these remarkable images charting the various developmental stages.
- To read more detailed descriptions of the life cycle stages see here
- *Craggs, J. & Robson, J. (2012). Observations of the life cycle of the scyphozoan jellyfish Aurelia aurita at the Horniman Museum Aquarium. Quekett Journal of Microscopy, 41, 615-621.