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Lycoteuthis springeri (Voss 1956)

Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
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Containing group: Lycoteuthis

Introduction

This is a relatively small squid that is not commonly captured.

Characteristics

  1. Head
    1. Beaks: Descriptions can be found here: Lower beak; upper beak.

  2. Photophores.
    1. Three postero-abdominal photophores.
    2. Long tail present in males and carrying deeply embedded 7 rod-like photophores.
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Figure. Ventral view of visceral photophores, L. springeri male, 97 mm ML, from Voss, 1962, p. 284.

Comments

Males have additional photophores on arms II, III, head, mantle. Tentacular clubs and club and arm sucker structure not unusual.

Life History

The two male specimens described by Voss (1962) were mature males (80 and 97 mm ML) with Needham's sac and testis on each side.

Distribution

Type locality is the Gulf of Mexico at 2911.5'N, 8807.5'W. The holotype was taken from the stomach of a shark captured in a (bottom?) trawl at 367m.

References

Voss, G. L. 1962. A monograph of the Cephalopoda of the North Atlantic. I. The Family Lycoteuthidae. Bull. Mar. Sci. Gulf Carib. 12: 264-305.

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Scientific Name Lycoteuthis springeri
Reference from Voss, G. L. 1962. A monograph of the Cephalopoda of the North Atlantic. I. The Family Lycoteuthidae. Bull. Mar. Sci. Gulf Carib. 12: 264-305. p. 284. printed with permission.
Sex Male
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Copyright © 1962 Bulletin of Marine Science.
Scientific Name Lycoteuthis springeri
Sex Male
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Copyright © 1999 Lisa Hendrickson
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