Pyroteuthidae

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Pyroteuthidae
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Pterygioteuthis giardi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Order: Teuthida
Suborder: Oegopsina
Family: Pyroteuthidae
Pfeffer, 1912
Genera

Pterygioteuthis
Pyroteuthis

Pyroteuthidae (the fire squids) is a family of squids. The family comprises two genera. Species are diurnally mesopelagic, migrating into surface waters during the night. The family is characterised by the tentacles, which have a permanent constriction and bend near the base; and photophores occurring on the tentacles, eyeballs, and viscera. Members reach mantle lengths of 23-50 mm. Paralavae of the family are common around the Hawaiian Islands, with up to 17% of collected specimens in the area belonging to Pyroteuthidae. [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ John R. Bower, Michael P. Seki, Richard E. Young, Keith A. Bigelow, Jed Hirota, Pierre Flament. Cephalopod paralarvae assemblages in Hawaiian Islands waters, 14 November 2008.

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