The known distribution of the genus Aurelia (modified from
Dawson & Martin 2001, Dawson unpubl. data). Colored regions indicate ranges
of species of Aurelia inferred from DNA sequencing analyses of
COI and ITS1 (Dawson & Jacobs 2001; Dawson unpubl. data) and 16S rDNA
(Schroth et al. 2002). The disjunct distributions of Aurelia sp.
1 and Aurelia sp. 4 are thought to be the result of recent anthropogenic
introductions (Dawson et al. unpubl. data). This may also be the case
for Aurelia aurita in the Black Sea and Aurelia sp.8 in
the Mediterranean or Red seas. The grey dots show coastal regions along
which Aurelia has been reported to occur but for which species
identifications are unclear.
of Aurelia Morphology