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A new pygmy species of box jellyfish (Cubozoa: Chirodropida) from sub-tropical Australia

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Tropical box jellyfish include some of the worlds most venomous animals, leading researchers and the media to wonder whether changes in climate may drive these species into sub-tropical waters. The discovery, therefore, of small box jellyfish in the waterways of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast of south-east Queensland raised concern. This pygmy species proved to be new to science, separated from other species in the genus Chiropsella by its very small size; its semi-circular phacellae;
very shallow, coalesced gastric saccules; its peculiar, long pedalia where the palm is greatly reduced and the nonopposing
fingers branch off together at the same level; and a knee-like bend of the pedalial canal. The residential canal/
river habitat of this species of chirodropid raises the question of whether this area is also suitable for habitation by the
larger, more virulent chirodropids such as the so-called deadly box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri. This new species,
Chiropsella saxoni sp. nov., brings the total number of chirodropid species described from Australian waters to five.

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