Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 10, 2010 : Magnapinna Squid

Magnapinna Squid

The bigfin squids are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a distinctive morphology. They are placed in the genus
Magnapinna and family Magnapinnidae. The family is known only from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, but some authorities believe the adult creature has been seen: several videos have been taken of animals nicknamed the "long-arm squid", which appear to have a similar morphology. Since none of the adult specimens have ever been captured or sampled, it remains uncertain if they are the same genus, or only distant relatives.

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