Identify a jellyfish
How to Identify a Jellyfish
Step 1. Learn what makes jellyfish different species.
Like any other species, jellyfish can be distinguished by the way their phenotype (i.e. Anatomy, Behavior, morphology, physiology), by the places that they live (their Biogeography), and by their DNA. Although combining information on phenotype, biogeography, and DNA provides the most robust identifications, all three options are not available to most people most of
Step 2. Use the scyphozoan jellyfish identification key.
A polychotomous key to identify scyphozoan jellyfishes is in development.
Step 3. Send your jellyfish to a specialist for confirmation.
If you've found a jellyfish and would like to know what it is and about it's DNA (for free!), then send pictures and a sample
To send in your samples follow the steps below:
- Photograph the jellyfish
- See http://www.jellieszone.com/photography.htm Jellies Zone for tips on jelly photography.
- Preserve the DNA
- See descriptions under "Preservation of DNA" on the methods page for more detailed information.
- Preserve the remainder of the specimen for morphological analysis (optional, but highly preferred)
- See descriptions under "Preservation of Medusae" on the methods page for more detailed information.
- Provide information about the collection
When sending samples, please include the following information for each specimen:
Date (of collection)
Collector (e.g. your name)
Whole jellyfish preserved? (yes/no; where)
While we will endeavor to provide sequence data to you in a timely manner, turnaround will depend upon resources at the time. We expect that samples will be processed in less than one month in only exceptional circumstances. A more
We will attempt to sequence all species submitted, but success cannot be guaranteed. Our ability to generate sequence data will depend on the quality of the sample and whether existing techniques work for that species. If techniques don't work initially, we will attempt to modify them
Submission of samples implicitly gives us the right to use the sequences, including, but not limited to, publication on this site and in the scientific literature. Our
Please send all samples through airmail at room temperature to:
Dr. Michael Dawson
School of Natural Sciences
University of California at Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95340 USA
See Shipping information and details for more information.