Feeding ecology and diet

Cubozoans are important predators in the nearshore ecosystem, feeding mainly on fishes and crustaceans. Additional prey items include polychaetes, crab megalopae (post-larvae), isopods, amphipods, stomatopod ("mantis shrimps") larvae, and chaetognaths (arrow worms). As active predators, cubozoans chase, catch, and eat fishes and other organisms. Feeding behavior varies slightly between species. The prey are caught on the tentacles and brought up towards the ped-alia by the tentacle contracting. The medusa then either remains upright in the water or turns upside down. The pedalium with the prey item than bends inward toward the manubrium, and the prey are then engulfed.

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