An Overview of the Medusozoa from the Southwestern Atlantic

  • Agustín SchiaritiEmail author
  • María S. Dutto
  • André Carrara Morandini
  • Renato M. Nagata
  • Daiana Y. Pereyra
  • Francisco A. Puente Tapia
  • Luciana Díaz Briz
  • Gabriel Genzano


Medusozoans are critical components of coastal and marine ecosystems. They are ubiquitous, living from the surface to the bottom layers of the world’s oceans and tolerating a wide range of environmental conditions. They modulate food webs not only by consuming large quantities of ichthyoplankton and other zooplankton and acting as predators and competitors of varied pelagic organisms including fish but also by being consumed by other predators. Population outbreaks of these gelatinous animals commonly occur over a variety of spatiotemporal scales. These population explosion events have implications for the ecosystem and, usually, for human enterprise. Despite their ecological and socioeconomical importance, there is as yet no attempt to compile existing information on the medusozoan species of the Southwestern Atlantic (SWA). We provide here an overview of the information available regarding several aspects of Medusozoa in the SWA: the characteristics of their life cycles, life histories and “blooms,” and the ecological implications for SWA ecosystems. Guidelines for future research and perspectives on the field are also provided.


Jellyfish Gelatinous zooplankton Medusae Ecological roles Societal impacts 



This paper was supported by INIDEP, CONICET PIP 2013-00615, FONCyT PICT 2013-1773, and FONCYT PICT 2015-1151. ACM was supported by grants 2010/50174–7, 2011/50242–5, and 2015/21007-9 São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and by CNPq (301039/2013–5 and 304961/2016-7). This is a contribution of NP-BioMar, USP. This is INIDEP contribution N° 2119.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agustín Schiariti
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • María S. Dutto
    • 3
  • André Carrara Morandini
    • 4
  • Renato M. Nagata
    • 5
  • Daiana Y. Pereyra
    • 1
  • Francisco A. Puente Tapia
    • 6
  • Luciana Díaz Briz
    • 6
  • Gabriel Genzano
    • 6
  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP)Mar del PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras (IIMyC), CONICETUniversidad Nacional de Mar del PlataMar del PlataArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (IADO), Centro Científico Tecnológico Bahía Blanca, CONICET – UNSBahía BlancaArgentina
  4. 4.Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São Paulo (USP)São PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Instituto de Oceanografia Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) Rio GrandeRio GrandeBrazil
  6. 6.Departamento de Ciencias Marinas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP)Mar del PlataArgentina

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