Marine Biology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 298–303 | Cite as

Rate-temperature responses in scyphozoan medusae and polyps

  • C. P. Mangum
  • M. J. Oakes
  • J. M. Shick


The effects of temperature on oxygen consumption and spontaneous rhythmic activity have been investigated in various stages of the life histories of 3 species of jellyfish from the Chesapeake Bay, USA. All 3 species clearly show the ability to acclimate positively to temperature change. Thermal sensitivity of metabolism in the winter medusa Cyanea capillata fulva is fairly low at temperature intervals which are experienced in nature. Polyps of the two summer medusae, Chrysaora quinquecirrha and Aurelia aurita, show reduced metabolic sensitivity at temperatures normally accompanying high developmental activity and the onset of strobilation.


Oxygen Temperature Change Life History Oxygen Consumption Temperature Interval 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. P. Mangum
    • 1
  • M. J. Oakes
    • 1
  • J. M. Shick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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