Endangered peach blossom jellyfish is found in Yunnan

Recently, the endangered peach blossom jellyfish or Craspedacusta sowerbii has been found in a landscape pool in forest farm of Shibalian mountain in Fuyuan county, Yunnan province. 

The total number of the peach blossom jellyfish in the pool is about 360. With a diameter of about one to two centimeters, these transparent jellyfish are shaped like peach blossoms scattered in the water, floating up and down gracefully.


Peach blossom jellyfish is known as a living fossil in the water, because it is one of the world's endangered ancient coelenterates, with at least 600 million years of existence history. It is usually found in calm freshwater reservoirs, lakes or slow-moving backwaters of river systems and is  not generally seen in fast flowing streams or rivers. 

Peach blossom jellyfish is highly sensitive to water quality, and the water suitable for its survival must be non-toxic, harmless and extremely clean. To protect the found peach blossom jellyfish, local authorities plan to take measures to ensure the water source is free of pollution and minimize human intervention.  

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(Editors: Alison, Christine)

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