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?
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...
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 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...
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.
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!
Thanks for the arm shots Steve, that's going to help alot.
I know Clyde Roper has written the definative paper on these guys but I have not been able to find it online.
Here's that pencial sketch again. Almost done with the painting (helps having a place that I can post to and get feedback).
You'll notice that I have faintly sketched in that this squid has been snagged on the feeding tenticles of some much larger squid. I'm not to sure about the accuracy of this but I wanted to give a reasonable excuse for it to be flashing, and thus lighting the otherwise dark scene.