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Latin american journal of aquatic research

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LEON-GUZMAN, Sairi Saraí  y  ALEJO-PLATA, María del Carmen. Arms regeneration in the squid Lolliguncula panamensis (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. [online]. 2019, vol.47, n.2, pp.356-360. ISSN 0718-560X.

During two sampling trips carried out over the continental platform of Gulf of Tehuantepec, a total of 101 Lolliguncula panamensis Berry, 1911 were caught. Thirty mature specimens (19 females and 11 males) were found to have unusually short arms. Dorsal mantle length, arm's length, and body weight were measured from the fresh specimens. Evidence of regeneration was observed at different points along arms; these may have been the result of partial autonomies. In the injured arms, the surface of the arm's tip was wholly covered with skin. Fracture planes were found in our histological sections; the autotomized arms exhibited constricted muscle fibers in the longitudinal sections indicative of wound closing. The arms of the specimens observed were very similar to the regenerating arms of other squids. This study represents the first to report arms regeneration and hectocotylus in this squid wild-caught. These results suggest that Lolliguncula panamensis exhibit partial autotomy, and the ability to regenerate the arms. Additionally, each of the eight arms can do so, presumably during defensive interaction or mating.

Palabras clave : Lolliguncula panamensis; Loliginidae; arm regeneration; autotomy; Gulf of Tehuantepec.

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