Loliginid Nomenclatural History

Michael Vecchione

Of all species originally described as belonging to the squid family Loliginidae, less than 1/4 are still considered to be valid species within that family. About 8% are valid species in other families. Over half have been synonymized with species that had previously been described. Whereas the rate of description of loliginid species has declined substantially since the middle of the last century, the rate of description of valid species remains fairly high (Sweeney and Vecchione, 1998). As a result, many undescribed species can be expected in that family. Because this is a commercially important family from the relatively well-known waters of temperate continental shelves, new species will probably result mainly from splitting the species currently recognized.

Click on an image to view larger version & data in a new window
Click on an image to view larger version & data in a new window

About This Page

National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D. C. , USA

Page: Tree of Life Loliginid Nomenclatural History Authored by Michael Vecchione. The TEXT of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 3.0. Note that images and other media featured on this page are each governed by their own license, and they may or may not be available for reuse. Click on an image or a media link to access the media data window, which provides the relevant licensing information. For the general terms and conditions of ToL material reuse and redistribution, please see the Tree of Life Copyright Policies.

close box

This page is a note that is attached to a branch of the Tree of Life.

ToL notes provide brief accounts of characteristics, short summaries, commentaries, media files, taxonomic information, or identification tools for a given group of organisms.

For a more detailed explanation of the different ToL page types, have a look at the Structure of the Tree of Life page.

close box


Page Content

articles & notes



Explore Other Groups

random page

  go to the Tree of Life home page