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Taningia Danae Question

cbarela

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I realize that not much is known about these critters but.......
Does anyone know if Taningia Danae inks??
And what predators might it have??
And besides the arms does it have photophores?
Cheers!
-Chris :?:
 
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Hello Chris :biggrin2:

Taningia danae is such a cool animal :bugout:

As far as I know it has paired visceral photophores laying ventral to the inksac. If I remember correctly these photophores are used for countershading...
Because an inksac is present, I assume they do ink...

Don't know about predators though...

Cheers,
TK
 
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@scouse

Taningia danae is a large deep-sea decapod with the largest photophores among all animals (size of a lemon). Tentacles are missing in adults (reduced) - so it's an octo-decapod :wink: The two large photophores grow on the tips of both second arms and are covered by lids.

I remember an impressive report about a caught animal attacking some researchers and dispaying interesting light patterns...

Cheers, TK
 

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What Are they

These are REALLLLLY cool squids.
They are large, around 7 feet long. They have hooks instead of suckers and large mantle "wings". I believe they live at the mesopelegic level. The thing that makes them super cool is that two of their arms have large lemon-sized flashers. A truely unique animal.
I am currently working on a painting depicting these guys.

 
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Nice one Tigerkatze_82 & cbarela!!

WWhhhoooaaaa how cool is that!!!! I'll have to have a word with Father Christmas :wink:

Has anyone ever kept one of them??

Bet you need a whopper tank!!!! Probably live quite deep dont they!!!
 

cbarela

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Small ones have been caught and studied at sea but I doubt any have been successfully kept for very long. Certainly not the large ones. Here's another shot showing the photophores. :bugout:

 

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Absolutely! For the moment here is my rough pencial sketch which I then scan into my computer and start to "paint" over it in photoshop. This is the process that I did with my sperm whale/archie mural which is unbelievably time consuming considering that to get it to look like a painting I take a digital brush, add 6 - 12% of a color onto it, and dot dot dot the color on (sorta like George Seraut). That way it gives the illusion of transperancy and depth to the skin.
With this drawing I'm kinda shooting in the dark (no pun intended) painting an animal whose behavior and live adult appearance is relatively unknown much like the other large squids.
Cheers and happy turkeyday!

-CB
 

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