They basically resemble "skyscrapers in a downtown business district," said Lisa-Ann Gershwin, Curator of Zoology at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Australia.
, who has named over 160 new species of jellyfish, has named this newly discovered species "medeopolis", which means 'city of gonads' in Latin.
"It's just so completely different from anything we've ever seen before," said Gershwin-as a matter of fact, the jellyfish has actually created a whole new family and genus, Csiromedusidae and Csiromedusa, respectively.
Both the names, Csiromedusidae and Csiromedusa, honor the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
(CSIRO) of Australia, which aided the scientists in their research.
It is interesting to note that Gershwin
colleagues had actually discovered the 'city of gonads' jellyfish around eight years back in a part-seawater river in Hobart, on the island of Tasmania in Australia.
However, it has taken them all this time to realize that Csiromedusa medeopolis represents a new family of jellyfish.
Unlike a lot of other jellyfish species, the city of gonads is not harmful to humans.
At a size of 0.06 inches to 0.08 inches, it is among the smallest jellyfish species - "not the smallest ever known, but it would be pretty close," said Gershwin
is at a complete loss when it comes to explaining what use the external gonads can be to a jellyfish.
"I've thought about this for so long-I have no idea," said Gershwin