New large squid species discovered
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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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