Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Short Communication

New Records of Cephalopods Caught in Irish and Scottish Waters

M.A. Collinsa1, C. Lordana2, K. Flannerya3, D.T.G. Quigleya4 and F.G. Howarda5

a1 Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ.

a2 Aquaculture Development Centre, Department of Zoology, University College, Cork, Ireland.

a3 High Road, Garfinny, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

a4 ESB Fisheries Conservation, Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare, Ireland.

a5 SOAEFD Marine Laboratory, PO Box 101, Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB9 8DB

Abstract

Records of unusual cephalopods, taken as by-catch in Irish and Scottish waters in the years 1985–1995, are presented. Of most interest are three specimens of giant squid (Architeuthis) that were caught in bottom trawls off the west of Ireland between April and June 1995, all were mature males of mantle length xs223C1000 mm. Other records include a large mature female Histioteuthis bonnellii from the west of Ireland and three specimens of the gelatinous incirrate octopus, Haliphron atlanticus.

(Accepted May 02 1996)

(Received February 26 1996)