Post-spawning Egg Care by a Squid
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Gonatus onyx is one of the most abundant cephalopods in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans1 and is an important prey species for a variety of vertebrate predators2,3, but a full understanding of its life history has been hampered because spawning occurs at great depths4,5, where observation is difficult. Here we describe post-spawning egg care, or brooding, in this deep-sea squid. Our finding is unexpected because this behaviour differs from the reproductive habits of all other known squid species.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Nature, v. 438, art. 929
Scholar Commons Citation
Seibel, Brad A.; Robison, Bruce H.; and Haddock, Steven H., "Post-spawning Egg Care by a Squid" (2005). Marine Science Faculty Publications. 2330.