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Sperm storage and mating in the deep-sea squid Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 (Oegopsida: Octopoteuthidae)
Hoving, H.J.T.; Lipinski, M.R.; Videler, J.J.; Bolstad, K.S.R. (2010). Sperm storage and mating in the deep-sea squid Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 (Oegopsida: Octopoteuthidae). Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 157(2): 393-400. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-009-1326-7
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Hoving, H.J.T.
  • Lipinski, M.R.
  • Videler, J.J.
  • Bolstad, K.S.R.

Abstract
    Spermatangium implantation is reported in the large oceanic squid Taningia danae, based on ten mated females from the stomachs of sperm whales. Implanted spermatangia were located in the mantle, head and neck (on both sides) or above the nuchal cartilage, under the neck collar and were often associated with incisions. These cuts ranged from 30 to 65 mm in length and were probably made by males, using the beak or arm hooks. This is the first time wounds facilitating spermatangium storage have been observed in the internal muscle layers (rather than external, as observed in some other species of squid). The implications of these observations for the mating behavior of the rarely encountered squid T. danae are discussed.

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