New large squid species discovered

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 13:39

Geneva: Scientists have discovered a new large species of squid during an expedition of the depths of the Indian Ocean, the International Union for the Conservation (IUCN) of Nature said.

A specimen of the new species, about 30 inches (70 centimeters) long, belongs to the Chiroteuthid family, deep-sea squid known for their long, slender bodies and spectacular bioluminescent displays - impressive underwater light shows that the creatures put on to lure prey.

Last year scientists gathered more than 7,000 samples of sea life during a seamounts cruise led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. So far, 74 species of squid have been identified from the cruise, representing about a fifth of all known varieties of squid.

The discovery is part of the Seamounts Project, which started a year ago when a team of the world`s leading marine experts ventured out on a six-week research expedition above seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean. Seamounts are mountains that rise from the ocean floor but, unlike islands, don`t reach the surface.

Carl Gustaf Lundin, head of the IUCN Global Marine Program, said the discoveries are not only a boon to scientists but will help improve conservation and management of marine resources in the area and future management of deep-sea ecosystems around the world.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 13:39

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