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Phyllorhiza punctata is a species of jellyfish, also known as the floating bell, Australian spotted jellyfish, brown jellyfish or the white-spotted jellyfish.

It is native to the western Pacific ocean from Australia to Japan, but has been introduced widely elsewhere. Their venom is not potent enough to kill their prey which is why they are filter feeders.
Their main food source is zooplankton. Normally they travel in large groups, which tends to result in huge swaths of them consuming all of the zooplankton in the area. This leads to detrimental impacts for the local ecosystem in which they travel through.
Since they eat all the zooplankton, there is a lack of food for the other species relying on the plankton as their food source.

Their native distribution is around Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand, having its native habitat extend north from eastern Australia up to South East Asia.

They have also been found in non-native regions such as Western Australia, United States, the Atlantic Basin, Brazil, Puerto Rico, the eastern Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The P. punctata prefer warm temperate seas and aggregate in waters near coastlines.

Partial quote: Wikipedia

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  • Copyright: Alex Fan Moniz (LondonBoy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 0 N: 648] (2578)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-01-02
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1300D
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  • Date Submitted: 2022-03-05 14:26
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