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Fin damage in captured and reared squids
Hulet, W.H.; Villoch, M.R.; Hixon, R.F.; Hanlon, R.T. (1979). Fin damage in captured and reared squids. Lab. Anim. Sci. 29(4): 528-533
In: Laboratory Animal Science. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. ISSN 0023-6764, more

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Keywords
    Fins; Fish handling; Mortality causes; Transportation; Loliginidae Lesueur, 1821 [WoRMS]; Ommastrephes pteropus Steenstrup, 1855 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Hulet, W.H.
  • Villoch, M.R.
  • Hixon, R.F.
  • Hanlon, R.T.

Abstract
    Fin damage was a major factor in the mortality of wild-caught squids kept in the laboratory. Infection of abraded fins by opportunistic bacterial pathogens impaired swimming and led to death. Serious skin abrasions were especially common in trawl-caught squids. Dipnets and jigs inflicted minimal trauma and were preferred for squid capture. Fin damage also occurred during transporation and during maintenance of squids in onshore tanks. A successful aquarium system with recycled sea water was used for squid maintenance. Hatchling, juvenile and adult loliginid squids remained healthy in closed-system aquaria for periods ranging from 1 to 16 weeks.

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