Heterololigo bleekeriMichael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
Type species. -- Loligo bleekeri Keferstein, 1866 by original designation.
H. bleekeri is one of the more common loliginids in Japan.
A loliginid ...
- of moderately large size (to 40 cm ML) with fins in adults rhomboidal, longer than broad, not round (length <70% of ML); mantle elongate, pointed posteriorly; without photophores.
- with unusual hectocotylus.
- with a Northwest Pacific distribution.
- Arms very short.
- Arm suckers with blunt teeth around distal ring.
- Proximal suckers unmodified.
- Ventral crest absent.
- Distal suckers of reduced size and sucker stalks elongated to form papillae in dorsal series.
- Dorsal series of papillae and trabeculae at distal tip form bicuspid lamelliform flaps separated from ventral series of suckers by serrated membrane.
- Tentacular clubs narrow
- Club suckers small, in four series; suckers in transverse row nearly uniform in size.
- Fins extend to posterior tip of mantle.
- Photophores absent.
- Eggs less than 4 mm.
- Spermatophore cement body short
Figure. Oral view of the hectocotylus of H. bleekeri, ca. 300 mm ML, Sagami Bay. Drawing from Sasaki (1929).
Figure. Oral view of the tip of the hectocotylus of H. bleekeri. Enlargement from drawing above.
Vecchione, M., E. Shea, S. Bussarawit, F. Anderson, D. Alexeyev, C.-C. Lu, T. Okutani, M. Roeleveld, C. Chotiyaputta, C. Roper, E. Jorgensen and N. Sukramongkol. 2005. Systematics of Indo-West Pacific loliginids. Phuket Mar. Biol. Cent. Res. Bull. 66: 23-26.
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