Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known from the Pacific Ocean in the region of the Hawaiian Islands (Young 2010). Because of taxonomic confusion in the family, distribution records should be treated with caution.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Members of the Mastigoteuthidae family are deep water pelagic or benthopelagic squids that have a vertical distribution of 500 to 1,000 m during the day and rising up at night to shallower depths (50 to 100 m) (Roper and Sweeney 1992). They appear to have planktonic paralarval young (Roper and Sweeney 1992). Mastigoteuthis species are reddish in colour and have an elongate, solid pair of fourth arms as well as elongate, thin tentacles (Norman 2003). The tentacles are covered in small suckers, which are probably used to catch small crustacean prey from off or near the seabed floor (Norman 2003). Little is known about the biology and ecology of this particular species.

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2014

Assessor/s
Barratt, I. & Allcock, L.

Reviewer/s
Vecchione, M., Young, R. & Böhm, M.

Contributor/s
Duncan, C.

Justification
Mastigoteuthis famelica belongs to one of the most taxonomically confused families of squid. Because the species are not yet properly delineated, it is impossible to make inferences on their distribution and population size. We therefore consider all species of squid in this family to be Data Deficient. Further research is recommended in order to better understand the taxonomy, precise distribution, population dynamics, life history and ecology, and the potential threat processes affecting this species.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The threats to this species are unknown.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Further research is recommended in order to determine the taxonomy, precise distribution, population dynamics, life history and ecology, and potential threat processes affecting this species.
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Wikipedia

Idioteuthis famelica

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