Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Short Communication

First record of the giant squid Architeuthis sp. (Architeuthidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

María  González a1c1, Manuel  Fernández-Casado a2, Ma. del Pilar  Rodríguez a2, Antonio  Segura a2 and Juan Jesús  Martín a2
a1 IEO, Centro Oceanográfico de Málaga, Puerto Pesquero s/n, Apartado 285, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain
a2 Aula del Mar, Avenida Manuel Agustín Heredia 35, Málaga, Spain


The stranding of a female specimen of the genus Architeuthis, a species not previously recorded in the Mediterranean Sea, is reported from the southern Spanish coast (Alboran Sea, western Mediterranean). The geographical distribution of the species is discussed.

(Received November 22 1999)
(Accepted March 10 2000)

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