|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2012|
|Authors:||A. Escanez, Riera, R., Gonzalez, A. F., Guerra, A.|
Data on opportunistic sightings of diamond-shaped squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus egg masses in the Ca- nary Islands (Atlantic Ocean) are presented. A total of 16 egg masses of this species were recorded and photographed from 2000 to 2010 around the western islands of the archipelago (El Hierro, Tenerife and La Gomera). These data reveal the existence of an important spawning area for diamond-shaped squid around the Canary Islands, in subtropical east Atlantic waters. We provide preliminary data for the poten- tial development of an artisanal fishery focused on this species, and a discussion on its potential impacts on the marine ecosystem.