Cephalopoda | Teuthida
Roper, C.F.E., M.J. Sweeney and C.E. Nauen. 1984. (Ref. 275)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 31.0 cm ML male/unsexed; (Ref. 97142); 25 cm ML (female)
Climate / Range
Subtropical; 36°N - 40°S, 9°E - 140°W (Ref. 97142)
Indo-West Pacific: in warm temperate waters.
Widely distributed in the tropical-subtropical Indo-Pacific Ocean. Occupies tropical slope and oceanic waters from the surface (adults at night) to moderate depths, at the bottom in the bathyal zone and in midwater above the slope (lower epipelagic, mesopelagic). Paralarvae and juveniles also occur in the equatorial zone in midwater above great oceanic depths, as well as above the tops and slopes of seamounts and mid-ocean ridges. Reproductive strategy adheres to the Sthenoteuthis-type for r-strategists. Females have an asynchronous type of oocyte stock (fecundity) formation by which oogenesis occurs by continuous asynchrony. Spawning is intermittent (batch, pulse) with several egg masses produced over a more or less extended period of time. Intensity of spawning and average egg numbers in these sequential egg masses is approximately constant during the spawning period. Off southeastern Australia, occurs in the deeper shelf and upper continental slope waters that comprise the warm East Australian Current of tropical origin. Size distribution analysis of paralarvae and adults suggests that spawning in this region occurs year-round. In the northern South China Sea, the spawning season is from June to October. In the western North Pacific Ocean, spawning is in the summer and paralarvae are distributed in the Kuroshio Current off Japan. Spawning occurs near the bottom around seamounts and ridges, some after long migrations to these localities. Specimens of 180 to 200 mm mantle length have been captured in trawls fished at 500 to 770 m in the South China Sea; abundance (density index) on the continental slope highest at 400 to 600 m; and most abundant in May and June and during the day than at night. Commonly captured in trawl catches in Australian slope waters. Several specimens have been inadvertently captured when they broke the sea surface and "flew" aboard vessels. Possibly undergoes diel vertical migrations. An actively browsing predator; prey consists of many different food component species of relatively small individual size and weight. Predators include yellowfin tunas (Thunnus albacares), longnose lancetfishes (Alepisaurus ferox), dolphinfishes (Coryphaena hyppurus), swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and numerous other species of pelagic fishes throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific and eastern Pacific Oceans; also, sperm whales prey extensively on this species, as do the South African fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) and several shark species, such as the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier), the scalloped hammerhead shark (Syphrna lewini) and the smooth hammerhead shark (Syphrna zygaena). Host to diagenetic trematode parasites (Ref. 97142). Members of the class Cephalopoda are gonochoric. Male and female adults usually die shortly after spawning and brooding, respectively. Mating behavior: Males perform various displays to attract potential females for copulation. During copulation, male grasp the female and inserts the hectocotylus into the female's mantle cavity where fertilization usually occurs. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic stage and live for some time before they grow larger and take up a benthic existence as adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of potential interest
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (21 of 100)