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Hyperia galba

size:

up to 12 millimeters

color:

transparent light brown with green eyes

food:

egg masses and food remnants of the jellyfish

enemies:

coastal birds

reproduction:

sexual

  • Dut: Kwalvlo (vlogarnaal, kwalgarnaal)
  • Lat: Hyperia galba
  • Eng: Hyperia galba
  • Ger: Quallenflohkrebs
Hyperia galba, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Hyperia galba

Hyperia galba live in jellyfish, just under the bell. You find them the most in rhizostome jellyfish that have washed ashore, although they live in other species as well. Hyperia galba live off of the mass of jellyfish eggs as well as the food consumed by the jellyfish itself. Sometimes, you see coastal birds picking at beached jellyfish, in search of the Hyperia galba.

  • Distribution and habitat
    Hyperia galba, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    Because adult Hyperia galba live in under the bell the rhizostome jellyfish in particular and often in moon jellies, their habitat is the same as that of these jellyfish. It is unclear where the Hyperia galba larva live before turning adult.