Cockatoo squid (Cranchia scabra)

Cockatoo squid (Cranchia scabra)

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Caption: The Cockatoo squid (Cranchia scabra) is a squid inhabiting mesopelagic tropical waters. When threatened it can pull its head and tentacles into its mantle and turn into a ball. It has small knob-like cartilagenous tubercles all over its body. It has 14 oval photophores on each eye which produce a greenish light (bioluminescence). This individual was captured in a trawl between 200 meters depth and the surface, Gulf of Mexico, 2016. Image courtesy of the DEEPEND project.

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Keywords: animal, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, cephalopod, cephalopoda, cockatoo squid, cranchia, cranchia scabra, cranchiidae, deep sea, deep water species, fauna, gastropod, glass squid, gulf of mexico, mesopelagic, midwater, mollusc, mollusca, necton, oceanic species, pelagic, pelagos, photophores, squid, transparent, wildlife, zooplankton

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