Kondakovia longimana is a large squid (adults to 740 mm ML) of the Southern Ocean (Kubodera et al. 1998). The three individuals of the type series were taken from the surface and at a depth of 50 m. All three had been feeding heavily on euphausiids (i.e. Euphausia superba). Clarke (1980) examined the stomachs of 7 squid and found remains of fish, crustacea, squid and sponges.
An species of Kondakovia ...
- with 28-33 hooks on the manus.
- with longidtudinal dermal ridges on the surface of the mantle.
- with rostrum of gladius 5-10% ML.
- Tentacular club with about 33 hooks and 33 small, marginal suckers.
- Mantle soft and fleshy.
- Mantle skin with longitudinal ridges in large specimens (Clarke, 1980). The photographs below compare the skin of K. longimana (left, middle) with the skin of Onykia robsoni (right).
- Gladius not visible beneath skin in dorsal midline.
- Gladius thin and fragile with 3 pairs of narrow longitudinal ribs: one borders rhachis, one at marginal rim and one inbetween the other two.
- Gladius rostrum 5-8% of ML (Kubodera et al., 1998); 2-5% of ML (Clarke, 1980).
- Gladius rostrum tricornate dorsally in cross-section along conus field; convex rib present over full length of flat dorsal surface.
Except where indicated, this description is taken from Filippova (1972). Squids of the type series had a purple-brown color.
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