Kōrero: 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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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/7909/the-hooks-of-a-male-scaled-squid (accessed 9 August 2022)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006