Occurrence of an egg mass of Thysanoteuthis rhombus (Cephalopoda: Teuthida) in the Strait of Messina (Italy), locus typicus of the species

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:V. Biagi, Bello G.
Journal:Boll. Malacol.
Keywords:eggs, squid

An egg mass of the diamond-shaped squid, Thysanoteuthis rhombus (Cephalopoda: Teuthida), was found in the harbour of Reggio Calabria (Strait of Messina). It was 60 cm long and was estimated to contain 15,000 eggs. A general description of T. rhombus egg masses is reported. An account of former occur- rences of such egg masses in the Mediterranean is given. The Strait of Messina is the locus typicus of T. rhombus; the first described egg mass was also collected there. This peculiar marine district is hypothesized to be a preferential spawning area for this squid. NOTE: Nice photo of the egg mass u/w

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