A new species of jellyfish has been sighted in the Mediterranean sea.
It appeared, for the first time during winter, in the Gulf of Venice and later in the Gulf of Trieste in a huge number. It is similar to Pelagia noctiluca, but genetic and morphological analyses confirmed that it is indeed a new species never seen before in our waters. The new jellyfish has been named Pelagia benovici by professor Ferdinando Boero (University of Salento, Zoology Lab.) and colleagues and dedicated to Adam Benovic (a Croatian expert of jellyfish, recently deceased).
The mystery of its origin is still unsolved. It is difficult to know how it could have reached the North Adriatic sea. Prof. Boero hypothesized that the alien jellyfish ‘travelled’ through the ballast waters of some cargo ship, especially oil tankers, from its unknown place of origin to the Adriatic sea, where it has found favourable conditions to grow up.
The description of the new species on: www.mapress.com/zootaxa/content.html.
The link to the media report can be found here http://www.lastampa.it/2014/05/12/societa/lazampa/ (in Italian)