One more article prepared by GoJelly team

22. 3. 2021

GoJelly is not only exploring innovative blue-green technologies but investigate jellyfish ecology and biodiversity. In our new paper, we screened hundreds of literature to compile pelagic jellyfish diversity in Azores, Madeira, Canaries, and Cape Verde archipelagos (East Atlantic). Our research detected a total of 229 jellyfish species. The results also reveal the dominance of holoplankton species, likely reflecting the insular and coastal morphology of these archipelagos. While widespread distributed holoplankton predominates in the area, species with strict affinities suggest a pattern in the spatial distribution of jellyfish, dividing the area into two biogeographic units: (i) Azores-Madeira-Canary with temperate and subtropical and/or tropical species and (ii) Cape Verde with strictly subtropical and/or tropical species. Eventually, our study highlights the lack of research regarding jellyfish diversity in the Madeira archipelago, opening the gates to countless discoveries.