A large, mature, female cirrate octopod. Cirroteuthis magna. was caught in a research trawl at 3200-m depth on the Cape Verde Terrace off the west African coast in November 1999. It is only the fourth recorded Specimen of this species and the largest specimen (1,700 mmTL; 330 mm NIL) of cirrate octopod ever caught. Detailed measurements were taken of the fresh and preserved specimen and indicated considerable shrinkage (17 - 32%) during formalin preservation. Careful dissection revealed large mature eggs (12.5-14mm long,) in the proximal oviduct, and a wide range of egg sizes and development stages in the ovary. The taxonomy and ecology of the species is briefly discussed.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|