Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    hawaiiensis
    Genus
    Nototodarus
    Family
    Ommastrephidae
    Order
    Teuthida
    Subclass
    Coleoidea
    Class
    Cephalopoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
  • Size Range
    Body to 16cm

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

Identification

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

Found throughout the central and western Pacific Ocean.

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.

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.