Plankton and Benthos Research
Online ISSN : 1882-627X
Print ISSN : 1880-8247
Early life history and metamorphosis in Malo maxima Gershwin, 2005 (Carukiidae, Cubozoa, Cnidaria)
Avril H. UnderwoodIlka Straehler-PohlTeresa J. CarretteJessica SleemanJamie E. Seymour
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2018 Volume 13 Issue 4 Pages 143-153


This research presents the early life history stages of Malo maxima, a recently described tropical Australian cubozoan from the family Carukiidae, from sexual fertilisation to metamorphosis including planula, polyp, asexual reproductive strategies and young medusa. We discuss the similarities between M. maxima and two closely related carukiid species from Japan and Australia including morphology and behaviours previously undocumented in the class Cubozoa. All three carukiids can reproduce by mono-disk strobilation, a strategy common to all other orders of the class Scyphozoa but only recently described in Cubozoa.

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