First record of Taningia danae (Cephalopoda: Octopoteuthidae) in the Mediterranean Sea


  • Antoni Quetglas IEO-Centre Oceanogràfic de Balears
  • Khaled Fliti Ministère de la Pêche et des Ressources Halieutiques
  • Enric Massutí IEO-Centre Oceanogràfic de Balears
  • Wahid Refes Institut des Sciences de la Mer et de l’Aménagement du Littoral
  • Beatríz Guijarro IEO-Centre Oceanogràfic de Balears
  • Said Zaghdoudi Ministère de la Pêche et des Ressources Halieutiques



first record, Octopoteuthidae, Mediterranean Sea, statoliths


The capture of a specimen of the oceanic cephalopod Taningia danae Joubin, 1931, caught during a bottom trawl survey carried out off the Algerian coast, is reported for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. The individual, which was taken at 385-395 m depth, was a juvenile with a 55.6 mm mantle length and age of 132 days. This finding is important as there are few worldwide records of this species.


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Quetglas A, Fliti K, Massutí E, Refes W, Guijarro B, Zaghdoudi S. First record of Taningia danae (Cephalopoda: Octopoteuthidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Sci. mar. [Internet]. 2006Mar.30 [cited 2024May26];70(1):153-5. Available from:




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