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Published: December 22, 2007
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Name: Lantern-bearing Spiral Squid
Species: Allospiroteuthis lanteralis
Notes: This siphonoteuthid is named for the bladder-like luminescent suckers on its tentacles. As with other spiral squids, it is a slow swimmer that relies more on its elongated, spiral fins than its siphon.

Name: Lightball Pom-pom Squid
Species: Adhazu barbata
Note: Pom-pom squid are poor swimmers, swimming by a combination of waving its "pom-poms" (modified fins modified into multi-compartmented sacs of ammonia) and rhythmic, deliberate thrashing of its tentacles. When threatened, the pom-poms detach and burst, releasing ammonia into the water, while it jets away with its anterior siphon. They feed by capturing zooplankters that adhere to its sticky tentacles. Adhazu pom-pom squids have their first pair of tentacles modified into light organs which help to lure prey within reach.
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dartman61's avatar
Another great piece from one of the most prolific Deviant Artists' core.  You provide art work for so many little known prehistoric animals, that most artists do not trouble themselves with.  Have you put together any imaginary or speculative species or genus.
If not, an artist with your capabilities could produce some amazing designs...That my unimportant opinion anyway.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your warm opinion, though, this particular piece is from my science fiction project.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
These are two of my favorites, in fact.
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Is there such a species of squid in our timeline that has a stalked mouth like the spiral squid?
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PristichampsusProfessional General Artist
No, but Larvae of a certain squid have a tubemouth.
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What such species has such larvae with such features? Are the probosci flexible or rigid?
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PristichampsusProfessional General Artist
Dont know, the larulae, as they are called would be so tiny.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
None that I know of.
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Giant-Blue-AnteaterHobbyist Digital Artist
But it would be awesome if such a squid existed.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yessir.
But I'd have to copyright it, though.
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Is it going to eat my soul? :P Seriously, this reminds me of the kind of nightmarish deep-sea critters that could keep a Cthulu-mythos writer swimming in ideas. I guess deep-sea life is just like that in general.

I continue to enjoy the thought you put into the quirks of their biology, as well as the physiological consistency between related species. Ammonia pops up in one squid and then in another.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
A lot of large squids, especially the giant squids, have ammonia in their tissues in order to maintain a neutral buoyancy.
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And the fun is when you get creative with that chemical that's so common. Make it explode!
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:evillaugh:
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The spiral squid is awesome. Reminds me of some actual organisms living in the deep sea.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
I based it off of an actual squid, actually.
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SaxophlutistHobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the pom-pom squid the most. It looks all poofy!
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
It is, until you take it out of the water.
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SaxophlutistHobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh oh! I imagine a very floppy squid.
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
You could say that...
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