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White Spotted Jellyfish

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Australian spotted jellyfish
Australian spotted jellyfish - Photo by Harriet Perry; Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Scientific Name: 

Phyllorhiza punctata von Lendenfeld 1884 (ITIS)

Common Name: 

White spotted jellyfish, Australian spotted jellyfish

Native To: 

Australia and the Philippines (Graham et al. 2003)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

First discovered in 1981 in California (Carlton and Geller 1993)

Means of Introduction: 

Probably entered from the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal on the hulls of ships (Graham et al. 2003)


Preys on native species; negatively impacts shrimp industry by clogging nets and damaging fishing equipment (Ocaña-Luna et al. 2010)

Current U.S. Distribution: 
Southeastern U.S. coastal region


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Selected Resources

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IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.
Bishop Museum. Hawaii Biological Survey; University of Hawaii.
Federal Government

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.


California Academy of Sciences.