266 Prof. A. E. Verrill on the Occurrence of similar scales forming a postmental patch. Gular region covered by uniform convex granules equal to those on the muzzle, larger than the finer granules of the top and sides of the head. Ear-opening small. The whole upper surface of the body granular ; ventral surface from front of chest to anus with moderate-sized hexagonal scales, which also protect the anterior faces of the limbs and the entire lower surface of the hind limb. Tail tetragonal, with one deep median superior and two deep lateral furrows the whole of its length ; finely granular above, with a central series of broad and lateral series of smaller scales beneath. Colour (in spirit) dusky brown, very finely punctulated over the back with darker. A vertical humeral stripe and several indistinct dark roundish spots on the sides of the body. The upper surface of the tail is regularly barred with broad brown and pale patches. The type of this species was received from Cuba ; its length is 3 inches. XXXIV. — Notice of the Occurrence of another Gigantic Cephalopod (Architeuthis) on the Coast of Newfoundland, in December 1874. By A. E. Veerill*. In an article published in the l American Journal of Science ' for February and March 1875f , I gave a summary of our infor-mation concerning twelve specimens of gigantic cephalopods that have been obtained in American waters during a few years past, together with a brief notice of the various specimens that have been described by European writers J. I am now able to add some important information concern-ing an additional specimen which was cast ashore last winter at Grand Bank, Fortune Bay, Newfoundland. As in the * From the ' American Journal of Science ' for September 1875. t Vol. ix. pp. 123, 177, plates ii.-v. See also the ' American Natura-list,' vol. ix. pp. 21, 78, January and February 1875. X In the ' Journal de Zoologie," vol. iv. no. 2, p. 88, 1875, M. Paul Gervais has also given a summary of the gigantic cephalopods previously known, and has mentioned an additional species (Architeuthis Mouchezi, Velain), of which portions were brought to Paris by M. Velain, from the Island of Saint Paul, where it was cast ashore. He also quotes the brief notice of the animal by M. Velain (in Comptes Kendus, t. lxxx. p. 1002, Seance du 19 Avril 1875). It is stated that this example belongs to the same group with Ommastrephes ; and if so, it will probably prove to be generically distinct from both of the Newfoundland species. M. Gervais does not refer, in any way, to the several American specimens described by the writer and others.



XXXIV.—Notice of the occurrence of another gigantic cephalopod (Architeuthis) on the coast of Newfoundland, in December 1874

A E Verrill
Annals And Magazine of Natural History (4) 16: 266-268 (1875)

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