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SASTRE-VELASQUEZ, CD; RODRIGUEZ-ARMENTA, C; MINJAREZ-OSORIO, C  and  DE LA RE-VEGA, E. Current status of the knowledge of the cannonball Jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris). Epistemus (Sonora) [online]. 2022, vol.16, n.33, pp.75-83.  Epub May 19, 2023. ISSN 2007-8196.

Jellyfish is one of the most ancient taxonomic groups in the animal phylogeny; they have inhabited the planet for approximately 500 million years surviving multiple mass extinction events, which is why these organisms are considered as a group of a great biological success. Jellyfish of the Scyphozoa kind are worldwide distinguished, among other reasons, for their characteristics of culinary interest. In this group, the cannonball jellyfish, Stomolophus meleagris, has attracted the attention of the scientific community due to massive proliferation events known as "blooms" in different coasts of the planet. The information about jellyfish is usually limited and scattered. Therefore, the aim of this review is to offer the necessary basic information regarding to S. meleagris, which may support future researchers interested in the study of the cannonball jellyfish.

Keywords : Jellyfish; Scyphozoa; Phylogeny; Stomolophus; Blooms.

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