Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom



Research Article

First recorded specimen of the giant squid Architeuthis sp. in Portugal


João  Pereira a1, Rui  Rosa a1c1, Ana  Moreno a1, Miguel  Henriques a2, João  Sendão a3 and Teresa C.  Borges a3
a1 Instituto de Investigação das Pescas e do Mar, IPIMAR, Avenida de Brasília, 1449-006 Lisboa, Portugal
a2 Museu Oceanográfico, Parque Natural da Arrábida, Praça da República 2900-587 Setúbal, Portugal
a3 Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of the Algarve, FCMA, Campus de Gambelas, 8000-117 Faro, Portugal

Article author query
pereira j   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
rosa r   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
moreno a   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
henriques m   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
sendao j   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
borges tc   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

The first occurrence of a giant squid Architeuthis sp. specimen in Portuguese waters is noted and another reference set of biological and biometrical data provided which may in future be used in conjunction with others to further elucidate important aspects of the identity, biology and ecology of the species. The fact that the specimen is a male is relevant, since males have been much less frequent in the reports in the scientific literature than have females. Additionally, this is the most southerly report of a male known to have occurred in the Atlantic Ocean.

(Received September 22 2004)
(Accepted January 20 2005)


Correspondence:
c1 e-mail: rrosa@ipimar.pt