Brooding and sperm storage by the deep-sea squid Bathyteuthis berryi (Cephalopoda: Decapodiformes)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:S. L. Bush, Hoving, H. J. T., Huffard, C. L., Robison, B. H., Zeidberg, L. D.
Journal:Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume:92
Pagination:1629-1636
Date Published:Nov
ISBN Number:0025-3154
Accession Number:WOS:000310256600018
Keywords:reproduction
Abstract:

Squids of the family Bathyteuthidae have generally been infrequently encountered in their deep-sea habitat. Remotely operated vehicles were used to observe seven individuals in situ in the Monterey Submarine Canyon, CA, USA. One of these was a female Bathyteuthis berryi holding a sheet with approximately 360 embedded embryos. Examination of this female after collection revealed the presence of a seminal receptacle on the buccal membrane. We present some potential costs and benefits of post-spawning egg care, a strategy that is now known for two families of deep-dwelling squids, but may turn out to be more common with the increasing exploration of the deep sea.

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