Physalia physalis


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Physalia physalis

the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.

Phy·sa·li·a phy·sa·lis

(fī-sā'lē-ă fī-sā-lis)
The Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.
Synonym(s): Portuguese man-of-war.

Physalia physalis

common blue-colored jellyfish in the genus Physalia with stinging filaments trailing from a central medusa. Records of poisoning in animals are very rare but deaths do occur in infested colonies of farmed fish. Called also Portuguese man-of-war, bluebottle.