First Record of Rhizostome Jellyfish Catostylus perezi Ranson 1945 (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) from the Indian Coast

  • Abdul Riyas
  • Appukuttannair Biju KumarEmail author
  • Bhavik Vakani


The present paper reports the occurrence of a poorly known rhizostome jellyfish Catostylus perezi from the Veraval coast of Gujarat in India for the first time. Specimen was identified based on their morphology and the structure of nematocysts. This species has been previously reported from the Arabian Peninsula, the Iranian Gulf and the Pakistan coast. The current report shows the extended distribution of this species in the Arabian Sea. The genus Catostylus is reported for the first time from the Indian coast. Nematocysts like, microbasic mastigophore and heterotrichous anisorhiza also reported for the first time in the genus Catostylus.


Jellyfish Scyphozoa Catostylidae Arabian Sea Nematocyst 



We are thankful to Andréw C. Morandini (University of São Paulo, Brazil) for the confirmation of specimen identity and to Dale R. Calder (Royal Ontario Museum, Canada) for confirming the identification of nematocysts. The authors are thankful to Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment for the financial support for the project on jellyfish.

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The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Aquatic Biology and FisheriesUniversity of KeralaThiruvananthapuramIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiosciencesSaurashtra UniversityRajkotIndia

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