Story: Octopus and squid

The hooks of a male scaled squid

The hooks of a male scaled squid

Male scaled squid (Lepidoteuthis grimaldii) have a pair of suckers with a saber-like hook. It is thought that the male stabs these into the much larger female during mating, to retain his grip.

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Photograph by George Jackson

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Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7909/the-hooks-of-a-male-scaled-squid (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006