Nectoteuthis pourtalesiMichael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
A heteroteuthin ...
- with mantle free from head dorsally.
- with elongate distal arm suckers without constricted necks.
- ventral shield without anterior notch.
- Distal suckers on arms with elongate suckers and stalks without constricted necks, or distal suckers absent, replaced by leaf-like lobes (sexual dimorphism??).
- Web between dorsal arms extensive. Click on an image to view larger version & data in a new window
Figure. Various views of arms and suckers of N. pourtalesi, holotype. Note the extensive web between arms I. Left - Dorsal view of arm crown. Middle - Dorsolateral view of arm II suckers. Right - Dorsolateral view of arm crown. Note that arm I suckers are elongate. Photographs by R. Young.
- Funnel locking-apparatus with a deep, broad pit anteriorly and an elongate pit posteriorly. Click on an image to view larger version & data in a new window
Figure. Funnel/mantle locking-apparatus of N. portieri, holotype, left = anterior. Top - Frontal view of the funnel component. Bottom - Side-oblique view of the mantle component. Photographs by M. Vecchione.
Figure. Oblique view of the funnel/mantle locking-apparatus of N. portieri, showing both components, holotype. Photograph by M. Vecchione.
- Funnel locking-apparatus with a deep, broad pit anteriorly and an elongate pit posteriorly.
- Dorsal mantle free from head.
- Ventral mantle shield extends anteriorly past base of arms.
- Anterior margin of shield without median indentation for funnel.
- Fins extend anteriorly beyond the dorsal mantle margin but do not reach the mantle margin posteriorly.
The holotype (NMNH 729734) presumably is a male judging from the arm sucker modifications. The mantle has not been cut open to verify the sex.
Naef, A. 1921-1923. Die Cephalopoden. Fauna e Flora del Golfo di Napoli, Monographie 35, Vol I, Parts I and II, Systematik, pp 1-863.
Verrill, A. E. 1883. Supplementary report on the "Blake" cephalopods. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 11(5):105-115, 3 pls.
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- First online 01 September 2004
- Content changed 04 April 2008
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