A large Cirroteuthis magna (Cephalopoda: Cirrata) caught on the Cape Verde Terrace (North Atlantic)

M. A. Collins, M. O'Dea

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-358
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
    Publication statusPublished - 2001



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