Common Name: Comb JellyClass: TentaculataOrder: ThalassocalycidaFamily: Thalassocalycidae

The Thalassocalyce inconstans, also known as the comb jelly, has a body shaped like a bell and can be as long as 15 cm in diameter. Its mouth is a cone-shaped peduncle in which a pair of small tentacles hangs out from the sides. Thalassocalyce inconstans mouth hangs open wide enough to capture and eat zooplankton prey. The mouth then contracts when it has enough in its mouth.
Unlike other jelly fish, Thalassocalyce inconstans has a limited swimming ability. It can’t swim in extremely cold waters which is why they are found many times in California when fall comes around. They take advantage of the warmer oceanic waters that line the shores of California. Also, one cannot identify whether or not a Thalassocalyce inconstans is a male or a female.

But like most jelly fish, Thalassocalyce inconstans must live in a stable water environment in which there are very little or no ocean turbulence and waves.

Hormiphora californensis