Wildlife Collective
Wildlife Collective is a blog created by Marta, a twenty-three year old wildlife conservation/zoology enthusiast. This blog was created for purpose of sharing photos and information about some of the most beautiful creatures that we share our planet with.

A big thank you to my dear friend James for making my banner for me!
Blue ButtonPorpita porpita Porpita porpita, commonly known as the blue button, is a marine organism consisting of a colony of hydroids found in tropical waters from California to the tropical Pacific, the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is often mistaken for a jellyfish, but although jellyfish and the blue buttons are part of the same phylum (Cnidaria), the blue button is part of the class Hydrozoa.The blue button lives on the surface of the sea and consists of two main parts: the float and the hydroid colony. The hard golden-brown float is round, almost flat, and is about one inch wide. The hydroid colony, which can range from bright blue turquoise to yellow, resembles tentacles like those of the jellyfish. Each strand has numerous branchlets, each of which ends in knobs of stinging cells called nematocysts. The blue button sting is not powerful but may cause irritation if it comes in contact with human skin.It plays a role in the food web, as its size makes it easy prey for several organisms. The blue button itself is a passive drifter, meaning that is feeds on both living and dead organisms that come in contact with it. It competes with other drifters for food and mainly feeds off of small fish, eggs, and zooplankton. The blue button has a single mouth located beneath the float which is used for both the intake of nutrients as well as the expulsion of wastes.It is preyed on by Glaucus atlanticus (common names sea swallow, blue glaucus) and Violet sea-snails of the genus Janthina.Facts | Photo © Kathryn G. 

Blue Button
Porpita porpita 

Porpita porpita,
commonly known as the blue button, is a marine organism consisting of a colony of hydroids found in tropical waters from California to the tropical Pacific, the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is often mistaken for a jellyfish, but although jellyfish and the blue buttons are part of the same phylum (Cnidaria), the blue button is part of the class Hydrozoa.
The blue button lives on the surface of the sea and consists of two main parts: the float and the hydroid colony. The hard golden-brown float is round, almost flat, and is about one inch wide. The hydroid colony, which can range from bright blue turquoise to yellow, resembles tentacles like those of the jellyfish. Each strand has numerous branchlets, each of which ends in knobs of stinging cells called nematocysts. The blue button sting is not powerful but may cause irritation if it comes in contact with human skin.
It plays a role in the food web, as its size makes it easy prey for several organisms. The blue button itself is a passive drifter, meaning that is feeds on both living and dead organisms that come in contact with it. It competes with other drifters for food and mainly feeds off of small fish, eggs, and zooplankton. The blue button has a single mouth located beneath the float which is used for both the intake of nutrients as well as the expulsion of wastes.
It is preyed on by Glaucus atlanticus (common names sea swallow, blue glaucus) and Violet sea-snails of the genus Janthina.

Facts | Photo © Kathryn G. 

  1. jellyfishlounge reblogged this from wildlifecollective and added:
    My favorite. Porpita Porpita…the devil’s pancake (these nicknames are invented by me and are stupid)
  2. moonanimals reblogged this from wildlifecollective
  3. ddorian reblogged this from wildlifecollective
  4. flauna reblogged this from rhamphotheca and added:
    lol someone shat on this shell this is what is wrong with ppl today
  5. icnidarians reblogged this from wildlifecollective
  6. kuroothotsurou reblogged this from wildlifecollective
  7. heyduhyou reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  8. ceremoniials reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  9. treejumperfinny reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  10. thatonehomojoe reblogged this from gracklesong
  11. ocellis reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  12. allxfoo reblogged this from tiffanikki
  13. tiffanikki reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  14. gracklesong reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  15. abrightyoungthing reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  16. ectobaka reblogged this from iamthelittlefish
  17. erickwh reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  18. ecdysozoa reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  19. scattermystardusteverywhere reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  20. iamthelittlefish reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  21. openwideeyes reblogged this from crueltyfreeisthewaytobe
  22. mcsasshole reblogged this from rhamphotheca