2018 AMI Online Salon

Alatinidae Box Jellyfish: Known Life Stages and Anatomy

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Cecilia Johnson; Baltimore, Maryland
  • Client: The National Aquarium, Tim Phelps
  • Copyright: © 2018 Cecilia Johnson
  • Medium / software used: Maxon Cinema4D R18, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Final presentation format: Poster
  • Primary audience: Sophisticated Lay Audience

Project Description

What is that speck of dust floating in the water? Aquarists at the National Aquarium recently discovered that what looked like an innocuous piece of dust was a tiny jellyfish, unidentified in invertebrate literature.

The aquarium is raising a colony of these jellies to discover more about the new species. This poster highlights three important stories learned: (1) the life stages discovered so far, (2) the anatomy of a single stage representative of the species, and (3) the research prospect of what the jellyfish may look like as a developed adult.

Images were created from direct observation under a microscope and from consultation with the primary researchers. No other illustrations of this jellyfish species currently exist.

The poster is displayed at the aquarium’s jellyfish research facility for touring invertebrate enthusiasts. It showcases the aquarists’ award-winning research and offers an opportunity for future funding.