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Brazilian Journal of Biology

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SIQUIER, M. G. Failla; ALANIS, W. S. Serra  y  DEBAT, C. Martinez. First record of Craspedacusta sowerbii Lankester, 1880 (Hydrozoa, Limnomedusae) in a natural freshwater lagoon of Uruguay, with notes on polyp stage in captivity. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2017, vol.77, n.4, pp.665-672.  Epub 04-Mayo-2017. ISSN 1519-6984.

The freshwater cnidarian Craspedacusta sowerbii Lankester 1880, has invaded lakes and ponds as well as artificial water bodies throughout the world. The first record in Uruguay corresponding to the jellyfish was made in 1961 in two artificial fountains, with no mention of the polyp form. Although local reports of other related polyp species have been made, information on the benthic form of C. sowerbii is lacking. Here we report the finding of live frustules, solitary individuals, medusae and colonies from a natural lagoon in August 2010, allowing us to observe the morphology and behavior of the polyp stage in captivity. In addition, molecular identification and remarks on the potencial path of introduction are presented. This is the first record in Uruguay of both polyp and medusa stages of C. sowerbii in a natural water body, Del Medio Lagoon (Dpto. de Florida), Uruguay.

Palabras clave : Craspedacusta sowerbii; freshwater jellyfish; 16S RNA; polyp stage; Uruguay.

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