Doryteuthis singhalensis   Ortmann,  1891 (Squid)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cephalopoda

Size: Total length 210-226 mm; mantle length 141-171 mm; head length 20-27 mm; tentacular length 38-44 mm

Mantle long, slender, muscular and narrow tapering posteriorly to a sharp end. The anterior middorsal projection is rounded at the tip. Fins large and rhombic in Shape.They are widest at about the middle; the anterior margin of fin lobes is slightly convex and the posterior margins are concave. Head relatively small, eyes large. The buccal membrane has seven projections and each possess about eight minute suckers. The funnel is small, stout and placed in a deep furrow beneath the head. Fin length nearly 2/3rd of the mantle length; tentacles short; chitinous rings of tentacular club with 20-22 sharp teeth. Arm suckers with 7-9 blunt teeth. Left arm heterocotyle, distal half of arm with slender papillae with minute suckers; pale white with chromatophores on the dorsal surface. The tentacles are moderately long, slender and compressed. The clubs are short and slightly expanded with a trabeculate protective membrane on either side. The club suckers are arranged in four rows; those on the two median rows are slightly larger than the lateral suckers.

Synonym (s)
Loligo singhalensis Robson, 1928
Loligo spectrum Massy, 1916
Doryteuthis singhalensis Ortmann, 1891
Dorytethis singhalensis Jothinayagam, 1987

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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