Hawaii Pacific University team discovers new jellyfish species off Japan

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A new species of jellyfish was recently identified off the coast of Japan, thanks to a team from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU).

HPU associate professor Brenden Holland and HPU graduate student Anita Harrington teamed up in summer 2020 to work DNA sequencing of the new species.

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The jellyfish had actually been on exhibit for decades at two public aquariums in Japan.

Researchers assumed it was a species found off the East Coast of North America, but it was found to be a species that was never discovered before the HPU team started researching.

The jellyfish, named Tima nigroannulata, is about the size of a human hand, has a black ring around the bell with 53 tentacles.

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