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Neorossia Boletzky, 1971

Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
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Containing group: Rossiinae


Brief diagnosis:

A rossiin ...


  1. Arms
    1. Arms with biserial suckers.
    2. Greatly enlarged suckers in middle of arms II and III.
    3. Both arms I hectocotylized in males.

  2. Tentacles
    1. Clubs expanded.
    2. Club suckers in 6-7 series.

  3. Photophores
    1. Photophores absent from ink sac.

  4. Viscera
    1. Epirenal bodies (see Austrorossia) present in males.
    2. Ink sac nonfunctional (no ink).
    3. Anal flaps poorly-developed.
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      Figure. Viscera of Neorossia caroli. Drawing modified from Boletzky (1971, p. 966, fig. 1D).


Boltezky, S.v. 1971. Neorossia n.g. pro Rossia (Allorossia) caroli Joubin, 1902, with remarks on the generic status of Semirossia Steenstrup, 1887 (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). Bulletin of Marine Science, 21(4):964-969.

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Scientific Name Neorossia caroli
Location Off Crete Island, Mediterranean Sea
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Peter Wirtz
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Scientific Name Neorossia leptodons
Location Australian waters
Reference Reid, A. 1991. Taxonomic review of the Australian Rossiinae (Cephalopoda: Sepiolidae), with a description of a new species, Neorossia leptodons, and redescription of N. caroli (Joubin, 1902) . Bulletin of Marine Science, 49(3)(1991):748-831. (Fig. 24a,b, p.800)

Acknowledgements Printed with the Permission of the Bulletin of Marine Science.
Sex Male
View Dorsal and ventral
Size 31.5 mm ML
Type Holotype
Copyright © 2004 Bulletin of Marine Science
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Vecchione, Michael and Richard E. Young. 2003. Neorossia Boletzky, 1971. Version 30 November 2003 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Neorossia/20026/2003.11.30 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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