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The Common Occurrence of Oegopsid Squid Eggs in Near-Surface Oceanic Waters

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Title:The Common Occurrence of Oegopsid Squid Eggs in Near-Surface Oceanic Waters
Authors:Young, Richard Edward
Harman, Robert F.
Mangold, Katharina M.
Date Issued:Oct 1985
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Young RE, Harman RF, Mangold KM. 1985. The common occurrence of Oegopsid squid eggs in near-surface Oceanic waters. Pac Sci 39(4): 359-366.
Abstract:A variety of egg types removed from near-surface plankton tows
off Hawaii developed into young squids. Previously, the eggs of pelagic, oceanic
squids were virtually unknown. Over 90% of these near-surface plankton tows
taken with a l-m net contained squid eggs. About 90% of the eggs were collected
in the upper 100m with most of these coming from the mixed layer. The eggs were
separate rather than in masses. Two egg types have been identified. One belongs
to the Enoploteuthinae, which are thought to spawn individual eggs. The other
belongs to the Brachioteuthidae, whose spawning mode is unknown. Most
squids are thought to deposit eggs in masses. Estimates, based on the abundance
of the captured eggs, indicate that the chances of sampling an intact egg mass
with a plankton net are small.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 39, Number 4, 1985

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