Large Squid Identification

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  1. gjbarord

    gjbarord Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    A friend of mine had this squid pulled up in a trawl net off of the coast of Washington and I was wondering if anyone could identify the squid from the pictures.

    Greg
     

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  2. bathypol

    bathypol Wonderpus Registered

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    maybe http://tolweb.org/Onykia_robusta/19976 ? I'm just taking a wild guess based on general shape I can discern from the pictures and the location it was caught.

    more than likely I'm completely wrong...but worth a guess
     
  3. Taollan

    Taollan Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    I am almost positive that it is Onykia robusta. The only two large squid that are caught of the coast of Washington that I know of is Dosidicus gigas and O. robusta. The tentacle of this animal appears to have a "fixing apparatus" on the proximal end of the manus. Onykia have this and Dosidicus does not.
    All that being said, Does your friend still have this? I would humbly gravel for some tissue samples. Onykia trawled in Washington are few and far between and I am currently doing a study of large squid in the area and could really use them if possible. Have scalpel will travel.
     

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