Chrysaora Quinquecirrha

By: Ash, Brian, Hunter

The Atlantic Sea Nettle

The Atlantic Sea Nettle, is from the phylum Cnidaria, the family Scyphozoa, and the species is Quinquecirrha.


-Most of the time they are Orange in appearances.


-This type is most commonly found on the East Coast from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay area.


-Mostly found July through September


-Each nettle tentacle is coated with thousands of microscopic cnidocytes. Every individual cnidocyte has a "trigger", the cnidocil paired with a capsule containing a coiled stinging filament. Upon contact, the cnidocil will immediately initiate a process which ejects the venom-coated filament from its capsule and into the target. This will inject toxins that can kill smaller prey or stun perceived predators.


-On humans, this will most likely cause a nonlethal, but painful rash typically hurting for about 20 minutes. Some earlier cases of nettle stings from the Philippines reportedly had more severe effects: one account describes a sting causing vascular problems

-Rather than toxic substances, some cnidocytes contain adhesive substances used to entangle or anchor its target.


-Very little field data can be found about frequency of Sea Nettle Stings due to the stings not being as intense as others.