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Portugese Man of war: Physalia physalis
•Distribution:They are found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
•Size: Their ‘tentacles’ are usually around 30 feet, but some individuals may exceed 135 feet.
•Diet: Using its venomous tentacles, a man o' war traps and paralyzes its prey while "reeling" it inwards to the digestive polyps. It typically feeds on small marine organisms, such as fish and plankton.
•Conservation status: Not evaluated.
•Dangerous: Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about 1 to 3 hours. The sting may be fatal to those who are not healthy or to those who are allergic to jellyfish stings.
•Did you know?: Despite its appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a true jellyfish but a siphonophore, which is not actually a single multicellular(true jellyfish are single organisms), but a colonial organism made up of specialized individual animals (of the same species) called zooids or polyps. These polyps are attached to one another and physiologically integrated, to the extent that they cannot survive independently, creating a symbiotic relationship, requiring each polyp to work together and function like an individual animal.
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