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Abralia multihamata Sasaki 1929

Kotaro Tsuchiya
Containing group: Abralia


A. multihamata is a species endemic to the shelf waters along the south of Sagami Bay, Japan to Formosa. It is characterized by the scattered arrangement of ventral mantle photophores, six club hooks, and more than five eye photophores of two types. The taxonomic status with A. spaercki is problematic.


  1. Tentacle club
    1. About six hooks on ventral side.
    2. Two rows of large suckers on dorsal side.
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  2. Hectocotylus
  3. Hectocotylus
    1. Right ventral arm of male hectocotylized.
    2. Hectocotylus with two different-sized offset flaps.
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  4. Eye Photophores
    1. Five major organs: two large opaque, terminal organs and three intermediate silvery organs; small silvery additional organs present.
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  5. Integument Photophores
    1. Ventral mantle with scattered arrangement of integumental organs.
    2. Ventral head with indistinct striped arrangement of integumental organs.

Life history

Age and reproduction

Spent specimens are collected in large number from the East China Sea in October by bottom trawl.


Vertical distribution

A. multihamata is possibly bottom associated or mesopelagic boundary species. Specimens were collected by bottom trawl from the East China Sea.

Geographical distribution

This species was first described from Formosan waters. It is distributed in shelf waters of the East China Sea, northward to Sagami Bay and the eastern sector of the Japan Sea.


Sasaki, M. 1929.

Tsuchiya, K.

Title Illustrations

Abralia multihamata, Sagami Bay, Japan, from Tsuchiya, 2000, size, female.

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Copyright © 2000 K. Tsuchiya
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Tokyo University of Fisheries, Konan, Minato, Tokyo

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Tsuchiya, Kotaro. 2000. Abralia multihamata Sasaki 1929. Version 01 January 2000 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Abralia_multihamata/19658/2000.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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