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Abralia veranyi (Ruppell 1844)

Kotaro Tsuchiya
Containing group: Abralia


A. veranyi is the most widely distributed Abralia species in the Atlantic Ocean. This species is characterized by having five eye photophores of two types, 3-4 hooks on each tentacular club, and the left ventral arm hectocotylized.


  1. Tentacle clubs
    1. Two or three hooks on ventral side.
    2. Two rows of large suckers on dorsal side of manus.
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  2. Hectocotylus
    1. Left ventral arm of male hectocotylized.
    2. Hectocotylus with two different sized off-set flaps.
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  3. Eye Photophores
    1. Five complex organs: two large terminal opaque organs with three small silvery organs between them.
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  4. Integumental Photophores
    1. Ventral mantle and head with scattered arrangement of integumental organs.


Vertical distribution

Two juvenile specimens were caught in daylight at 700-800m deep and in night at 60-20m in 10° N, 20° W by midwater tow (Lu & Clarke, 1975)

Geographical distribution

This species was first described from the Mediterranean Sea (Ruppell, 1844). It is the most widely distributed member of the Atlantic Abralia species associated with the distant-neritic waters. Distribution were known from the northern Sargasso Sea to northern Brasil in West Atlantic, and south off France to Benguella water in East Atlantic.


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Left & right Abralia veranyi, Photograph by

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Tokyo University of Fisheries, Konan, Minato, Tokyo

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Tsuchiya, Kotaro. 2000. Abralia veranyi (Ruppell 1844). Version 01 January 2000 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Abralia_veranyi/19654/2000.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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