Friday, October 10, 2008

Could be squid eggs

I just got an email from Steve (a new kid in the blogging world, but an old hand in the marine world). He told me that the lotus root lookalike thingy in my last post could be squid eggs instead.

According to Steve,
"No, I don't believe that they are octopus eggs. They are probably squid eggs. I believe that a female octopus guards her eggs religiously. Squid on the other hand abandon their eggs."

Steve also told me about two images of squid eggs on the MLSSA (Marine Life Society of South Australia Inc) website:

http://www.mlssa.asn.au/photos/invertebrate_page2.html
(Or go directly to: http://www.mlssa.asn.au/photos/2019.jpg)

http://www.mlssa.asn.au/photos/invertebrate_page3.html

(Or go directly to: http://www.mlssa.asn.au/photos/2052.jpg)

He also suggested looking up:

A Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopuses of Australasia" by Mark Norman & Amanda Reid" incl page 17 & 55.

5 comments:

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Another photo of squid eggs that looks even more like the one I took.

http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/SeaLife/OctopusAndSquid/2/ENZ-Resources/Standard/4/en

ria said...

Wow! That's very useful information, and great links. Thanks for sharing!

Mosura said...

That certainly looks like them. I hunted for my own photos but cannot find them. Basically I have have too many photos. In any case they look pretty much like yours so quite likely squid eggs too.

Snail said...

They do look squiddy. Perhaps you could send the pics to Mark Norman at Museum Victoria for an ID?

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

For everyone's information,

I have just received a reply from Melbourne Museum regarding the photos.

The Collections Manager, (Marine Invertebrates) said this: "Yes, the eggs are most likely squid eggs. Unfortunately I can't be any more precise than that."

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