Animal Species:Luminous Bay Squid – Loliolus noctiluca Lu, Roper & Tait, 1985

This species is very tolerant of low salinities allowing it to forage in estuaries and brackish water.

Standard Common Name

Luminous Bay Squid

Identification

The Luminous Bay Squid is squat in shape with large dark spots, and yellow and pink chromatophores on the margins of the fins and mantle. Their internal shell (gladius) is leaf shaped. The large fins of this squid, half the length of the body, form a heart shape. Loliolus noctiluca differ from other members of the genus in they have a pair of bacterial light organs on their ink sac.

Size range

Body to 8cm.

Distribution

Found along the eastern coastline of Australia, from the tropics to cool temperate waters.

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Loliolus noctiluca specimens in the Australian Museum collection.

What does this mean?

Habitat

L. noctiluca inhabits inshore waters, typically in bays and estuaries. They are manly found amongst seagrass in areas up to 50m deep.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The pair of light organs found within its mantle cavity are fuelled by luminescent bacteria it obtains from the water column. The light generated is used to hide the squid’s silhouette from below.

Classification

Species:
noctiluca
Genus:
Loliolus
Family:
Loliginidae
Order:
Teuthida
Subclass:
Coleoidea
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca

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References

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

Norman, M & A. Reid., (2000) A Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopuses of Australasia, CSIRO Publishing, Victoria (Collingwood)
 


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