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What is Taxonomy? The branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.

Taxon & Characteristics

Kingdom- the is a animal are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms and their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their lives.

Phylum: is a phylum containing over 10,000 species of animals found exclusively in aquatic and mostly marine environments. And that they have two basic body forms: swimming medusae and sessile polyps, both of which are radially symmetrical with mouths surrounded by tentacles that bear cnidocytes.

Class- are cnidarian invertebrates distinguished by their cube-shaped medusae.

Order- is an order of box jellyfish. There are five families within the order an order of box jellyfish.

Family- Alatinidae -is a of box jellyfish within class Cubozoa, containing the following genera and species.

Keesingia gigas- the "giant"

Genus species: Chironex Fleckeri

Map- Box jellyfish are usually found in the estuaries in northern Australia. They have also been found off the coast of New Guinea, the Phillipines, and Vietnam.

Interesting Facts- The box jellyfish is one of the most lethal jellyfish in the world. It has caused around 64 deaths in Australia, where it is commonly found, since deaths were first recorded in 1883. The amount of venom in one jellyfish is said to be enough to kill 60 humans in one sting. Being stung results in a very large amount of pain and if not treated, the victim can die within three minutes.

Additional Features & sources- The box jellyfish is one of the most venomous creatures in the world. There are thousands of tiny little stingers on a tentacle called a nematocyst. These stingers immediately inject venom into the bloodstream once it comes in contact with the skin. It is also one of the fastest swimming jellyfish, which has been recorded to swim up to six meters a second in bursts.

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