Animal Species:Hawaiian Flying Squid – Nototodarus hawaiiensis (Berry, 1912)

This species is harvested on a large scale off South-east Asia where it is often treated under as the species Nototodarus phillippensis.

Standard Common Name

Hawaiian Flying Squid

Identification

All members within this genus share a fin less than 50% of their body length, and mature males have both lower arms modified.

Size range

Body to 16cm

Distribution

Found throughout the central and western Pacific Ocean.

Habitat

Found in midwater depths of open ocean where it has been caught at depths of 570m.

Other behaviours and adaptations

There is very little known of the biology of N. hawaiiensis. It is known that this species forms a major part of the diet of many seabirds.

Classification

Species:
hawaiiensis
Genus:
Nototodarus
Family:
Ommastrephidae
Order:
Teuthida
Subclass:
Coleoidea
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca

What does this mean?

References

Norman, M., (2000) Cephalopods- A World Guide, ConchBooks, Germany (Hackenheim)

Roper, C.F.E., M.J. Sweeney & C.E. Nauen, (1984) FAO species catalogue. Vol. 3. Cephalopods of the World: An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species of interest to fisheries, FAO Fish Synopsis, 125(3): 1-277.
 


Allison Runck
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