Pandea conica is a small hydromedusa reaching 3 to 4 cm, without the tentacules.
It has a striking colour contrast. The gastric cavity and the bright red gonads are visible through
its blue transluscide umbrella. A yellow-orange border line runs around the umbrella. This planktonic species
lives near water surface, and is more frequent during springtime.
It is found in the North-East Atlantic, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea.
(source : European Register of Marine Species)
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Top photograph :
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission :
Pandea conica, Iles Glénan, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 1 meter.
Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2005-2017.
Translation : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007-2017.