Cranchia

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  1. GPO87

    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    This squid is awesome! Its mantle is covered in little tuberacles, giving it a fuzzy appearence.


    Cranchia scabra
    (There were lots of good pictures of this guy, it was hard to make up my mind. I encourage everyone to google it!)

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    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Is that some kind of internal bioluminescent organ?
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    D, it's the digestive gland, which is oriented vertically in the mantle of most cranchiids. So far it is not reported to have photophores in the viscera so it looks like it's just highly iridescent/reflective.
     

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