Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 12, pp 1499–1507 | Cite as

Reproductive strategies in female polar and deep-sea bobtail squid genera Rossia and Neorossia (Cephalopoda: Sepiolidae)

  • V. V. Laptikhovsky
  • Ch. M. Nigmatullin
  • H. J. T. Hoving
  • B. Onsoy
  • A. Salman
  • K. Zumholz
  • G. A. Shevtsov
Original Paper


Female reproductive features have been investigated in five polar and deep-sea bobtail squid genera Rossia and Neorossia (R. macrosoma, R. moelleri, R. pacifica, N.c. caroli and N.c. jeannae). These species are characterized by asynchronous ovary maturation, very large eggs (>10% ML), fecundity of several hundred oocytes, very high reproductive output, and continuous spawning with low batch fecundity. This adaptive complex of reproductive traits evolved in these small animals as an optimum strategy for polar and deep-water habitats.


Neorossia Rossia Spawning Reproduction Polar Deep-sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Laptikhovsky
    • 1
  • Ch. M. Nigmatullin
    • 2
  • H. J. T. Hoving
    • 3
  • B. Onsoy
    • 4
  • A. Salman
    • 5
  • K. Zumholz
    • 6
  • G. A. Shevtsov
    • 7
  1. 1.Falkland Islands Fisheries DepartmentStanleyFalkland Islands
  2. 2.AtlantNIRO5 Dm.DonskoySt KaliningradRussia
  3. 3.CEES, Ocean EcosystemsUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Fisheries FacultyMugla UniversityKotekliTurkey
  5. 5.Faculty of FisheriesEge UniversityBornovaTurkey
  6. 6.Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences, IFM-GEOMARKielGermany
  7. 7.TINRO-CentreVladivostokRussia

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