Nototodarus sloanii

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Nototodarus sloanii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Order: Teuthida
Suborder: Oegopsina
Family: Ommastrephidae
Genus: Nototodarus
Species: N. sloanii
Binomial name
Nototodarus sloanii
(Gray, 1849)
Synonyms
  • Ommastrephes sloanii
    Gray, 1849
  • Todarodes sloanei
    (Gray, 1849)
  • Todarodes sloanei sloanei
    (Gray, 1849)

Nototodarus sloanii is a species of squid commonly known as the New Zealand arrow squid or Wellington flying squid. N. sloanii is a favoured prey species of a number of marine mammals and diving birds. For example, New Zealand arrow squid is an important food source for the endangered yellow-eyed penguin, Megadyptes antipodes.[1] Furthermore, N. sloanii is sought by trawler fishermen for human consumption; in this trawling process, Australian sea lions are frequently killed, since they prey upon N. sloanii.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Yellow-eyed Penguin: Megadypes antipodes, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
  2. ^ Nick Gales, Nicholas Gales, Mark Hindell and Roger Kirkwood. 2003. Marine Mammals: Fisheries, Tourism and Management Issues, CSIRO Publishing, ISBN 0-643-06953-4, ISBN 978-0-643-06953-4 446 pages