Habitat and Ecology
This species is possibly either a mesopelagic-boundary species like other members of its genus and/or associated with the sea floor (Tsuchiya 2009). It may also spawn seasonally in the East China Sea since large numbers of spent individuals are collected in October from this region (Tsuchiya 2009). Members of the Enoploteuthidae family occur in mid-depths in the ocean and occasionally over the continental shelf (Norman 2003). They undergo diel vertical migrations, rising into the upper water column at night to feed (Norman 2003). Females spawn small eggs (0.9 and 1.5 mm in diameter depending on species, Young et al. 1992) individually into gelatinous strings (Norman 2003).
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There is no population information available for this species.
Abralia multihamata is a species of enoploteuthid cephalopod native to the waters of the East China Sea, Sea of Japan and Sagami Bay. The taxonomic relationship between A. multihamata and A. spaercki needs to be resolved. It may spawn in the East China Sea, as large numbers of spent individuals are collected there in October.
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