The male argonaut is a dwarf, about 10% of the length of the female. The entire third right arm is hectocotylized and carried in a special sac. At mating, the hectocotylus, which carries one large spermatophore, breaks out of its sac and free from the male body. It then invades or is deposited in the female's mantle cavity, where it remains viable and active for some time. Females brood many thousands of very small eggs deposited in an external shell-like egg case.
CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.
I Argonauta argo I Stoloteuthis leucoptera
Was this article helpful?
Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...