Austrorossia mastigophora

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Austrorossia mastigophora
Austrorossia mastigophora.jpg
Female Austrorossia mastigophora (ca. 45 mm ML) from the east African coast
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Sepiolida
Family: Sepiolidae
Subfamily: Rossiinae
Genus: Austrorossia
Species: A. mastigophora
Binomial name
Austrorossia mastigophora
(Chun, 1915)
  • Rossia mastigophora Chun, 1915

Austrorossia mastigophora is a species of bobtail squid native to western, southern and eastern Africa, from Guinea and Somalia to the Cape of Good Hope. A doubtful record of this species exists from Chile. It lives at depths to approximately 640 m.[1]

On average, females are larger than males; they grow to 46 mm and 31 mm in mantle length, respectively.[1]

The type specimen was collected near the east African coast (0°27′S 42°47′E / 0.450°S 42.783°E / -0.450; 42.783). It is deposited at the Zoologisches Museum in Berlin.[2]


  1. ^ a b Reid, A. & P. Jereb 2005. Family Sepiolidae. In: P. Jereb & C.F.E. Roper, eds. Cephalopods of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Volume 1. Chambered nautiluses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 1. Rome, FAO. pp. 153–203.
  2. ^ Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda

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