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Upside-down jellyfish breed at zoo

Published 30/04/2013 | 14:41

Undated handout photo issued by Bristol Zoo of a smack of upside-down jellyfish that have arrived at Bristol Zoo. Experts say the jellyfish, which get their name from their upwards facing tentacles and mouth, have begun to breed at the centre.
 PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 30, 2013. See PA story ANIMALS Jellyfish. Photo credit should read: Bristol Zoo/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The upside-down jellyfish, which get their name from their upwards facing tentacles and mouth, have begun to breed at Bristol Zoo

A smack of upside-down jellyfish has arrived at Bristol Zoo.

Experts say the jellyfish, which get their name from their upwards facing tentacles and mouth, have begun to breed at the centre.

The invertebrates eat small plankton but also have algae living inside their bodies to provide energy through photosynthesis.

Mark Bushell, assistant curator of invertebrates at Bristol Zoo, said: "We're really excited to welcome this unusual species to the zoo.

"They've settled in well and recently started breeding off-show where we hope to have many more baby jellyfish appear."

Upside-down jellyfish predominantly live in the Caribbean and depend on mangrove forests and shallow lagoons.

Coastal development and pollution mean these habitats are some of the world's most threatened ecosystems.

The 19 jellyfish at Bristol Zoo have arrived from ZSL London Zoo, Liverpool Aquarium and Bug House.

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