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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 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
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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avancna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your warm opinion, though, this particular piece is from my science fiction project.
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inkdoodler Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I love these.
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avancna Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are two of my favorites, in fact.
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there such a species of squid in our timeline that has a stalked mouth like the spiral squid?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
No, but Larvae of a certain squid have a tubemouth.
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What such species has such larvae with such features? Are the probosci flexible or rigid?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Dont know, the larulae, as they are called would be so tiny.
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avancna Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
None that I know of.
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Giant-Blue-Anteater Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it would be awesome if such a squid existed.
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avancna Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yessir.
But I'd have to copyright it, though.
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MythMage Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
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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avancna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist 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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:iconmythmage:
MythMage Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
And the fun is when you get creative with that chemical that's so common. Make it explode!
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avancna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:evillaugh:
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TehFuzzyDuck Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
The spiral squid is awesome. Reminds me of some actual organisms living in the deep sea.
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I based it off of an actual squid, actually.
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the pom-pom squid the most. It looks all poofy!
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is, until you take it out of the water.
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh oh! I imagine a very floppy squid.
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You could say that...
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