Royal Jelly - A Deadly New Species
|Chironex indrasaksajiae Sucharitakul sp.|
|Max Moudir 5 years-old: Sadly killed by a Thai box jellyfish|
Nevertheless, the species has now been identified and while similar to the other two Chironex species found in Australia and Japan/Philippines, the Gulf of Thailand species has a few slight differences.
While nothing is yet known about the toxicity of the venom as no studies have been undertaken, Chironex indrasaksajiae Sucharitakul was noted in the study as being smaller than Chironex fleckeri at a known height of 170mm while having less tentacles (12 per pedalium compared to 15) and having a different 'bulbous shaped' pedalial canal knee bend.
Chironex indrasaksajiae Sucharitakul sp. is at best named with short-sightedness. There are many mysteries still waiting to be discovered in Thailand's seas, including other species of box jellyfish, and hopefully - with all due respect - once fully examined and identified these new species are given names with less mysterious origins.