The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.
*Teuthidæ. — Teuthis, Linnceus. — Teuthis rostrata, Cuv & Val
Teuthis rostrata, Cuv & Val.
Teuthis rostrata, Cuv. & Val., Hist. Nat., x., p. 158; Playfair, Fishes of Zanzibar, p. 50, pl. x., fig. 2.
As the descriptions of the various species are for the most part little more than a notice of the colour-pattern, and as this usually fades on contact with spirit, the determination of the species cannot be satisfactory without a good series of the genus. Our two examples I determine as Teuthis rostratus, and a comparison with Playfair's description and figure largely removes any doubt as to their identity. Günther has identified the species from the Society, Pelew, and Gilbert Islands, so that its occurrence in Funafuti is merely an extension of the known range.
Known to the natives as "Mai'ava" or "Meia."
* For paper on the Teuthidoidea, see Gill, Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., vii., 1885, p. 276.