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Dumbo squid

An image of a Dumbo octopus taken during an Okeanos Explorer expedition

bar Photo of Paula L. Rothman

Paula L. Rothman Volunteer
Museum Specialist, retired

  • Phone: 202-633-1758
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  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Department of Invertebrate Zoology
    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

  • Courier Delivery Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0163

    Responsibilities: Cephalopod Bibliography


    B.S. Biology with honors, George Mason University

    Research Interests:


    Selected Publications:
    2016. Cephalopods of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cephalopod species known to date. Volume 3. Octopods and Vampire Squids, by P. Jereb, C.F.E. Roper, M.D. Norman, and J.K. Finn (eds.). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 3. Rome, FAO. 370pp + 11 colour plates.

    Roper, C.F.E., Judkins, H., Voss, N.A., Shea, E., Dawe, E., Ingrao, D., Rothman, P.L., Roper, I.H. 2015. A Compilation of Recent Records of the Giant Squid, Architeuthis dux (Steenstrup, 1857) (Cephalopoda) from the Western North Atlantic Ocean, Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico. American Malacological Bulletin 33(1):78-88 doi:10.4003/006.033.0116.

    Rothman, P.L. 1993. New families, genera and species of amphipod crustaceans described by J. Laurens Barnard (1928–1991). Journal Of Natural History 27(4): 743-780 doi:10.1080/00222939300770461.

    2017. Variability of Paralarval-Squid Occurrence in Meter-net Tows from East of Florida, USA. By C.A. Erickson, C.F.E. Roper, M Vecchione. Southeastern Naturalist, 16(4): 629-642.

    2015. Cephalopod biology and fisheries in Europe: II. Species accounts. Patrizia Jereb, et al (editors) ICES Cooperative Research Report, 325, June 2015. 360pp.

    2013. Paralarval octopods of the Florida Current. Clyde F.E. Roper, A. Gutierrez & M. Vecchione. Journal of Natural History, 49(21-24): 1281-1304. CIAC Symposium. (published online 08 Aug 2013)

    2013. Unanswered questions about the giant squid Architeuthis (Architeuthidae) illustrate our incomplete knowledge of coleoid cephalopods. Clyde F.E. Roper and Elizabeth K. Shea American Malacological Bulletin, 31(1): 109-122

    1991. Parasitic copepods from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, III: Caligus. Roger Cressey. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, #497. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 53 pp.

    1988. Behavior of Gammaridean Amphipoda: Corophium, Grandidierella, Poderocerus, and Gibberosus (American Megaluropus) in Florida. J.L. Barnard, J.D. Thomas, K.B. Sanved. Crustaceana Supplement – JSTOR.

    1987. Revision of the Taeneacanthidae (Copepoda: Poecilostomatoida) parasitic on fishes and sea urchins. Masahiro Dojiri and Roger F. Cressey. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, #447. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 250pp.

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