How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Haliclystus salpinx has broad trumpet-shaped anchors with conspicuous stalks, and its gonads extend into the lobes for only about half their length. It is primarily an Atlantic species and appears to have only very limited distribution (or is a separate species) in the San Juan Islands in the Pacific.
Note: Hirano (1997) concluded that this stalked jelly, found from at least British Columbia to California, is an undescribed species. It has been called many things, including H. stejnegeri and H. auricula. It matches most closely with H. sanjuanensis (Gellerman, 1926), but that name cannot be used because it was in a manuscript that was never published.
Geographical Range: Alaska to Puget Sound; Japan
Depth Range: Low intertidal and subtidal
Habitat: Usually found on blades of kelp or eelgrass.
Biology/Natural History: Feeds on small crustaceans. Eaten by Calliostoma annulatum snail. This animal is a true medusa (jellyfish). It can glide along on the base of the stalk (which is the center of the exumbrella), contract the stalk or fold the calyx of the umbrella. If it becomes detached it clings to the substrate with the tentacles until the disk can reattach. It is not a good swimmer. Spawns in the summer in the San Juans, producing tiny 35 micron eggs. Eggs develop into a creeping, non-ciliated, wormlike larva which settles after a few days and develops its first nematocysts within a week. Juveniles may be able to encyst and overwinter.