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Licence: 
Creative Commons Licence
Imaging technique: 
Photograph
Description: 

Spent ovary of a female L. forbesii that had been laying eggs in a holding tank over several days. There are still a few unlaid eggs in the ovary. Also note how thin the mantle muscle is where it has been cut. This demonstrates how spawning squids literally consume their own muscle mass once they enter the final senescent phase of their reproductive life. Scale is in cm.

Maturity: Adult; Sex: Female; Lab or Wild: Lab; Origin: N. atlantic, azores islands

Creator: 
John Forsythe
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith