IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Grimalditeuthis bonplandi is very gelatinous and contains vesiculate tissue in the head, arms and mantle. It is generally Chiroteuthis-like in appearance (long neck, body and fin shape) but is distinguished by subequal arms and fusion of each funnel-mantle locking apparatus. Only scattered chromatophores are present, and the eyes are small. This species is infrequently captured but seems to have a world-wide distribution in tropical to temperate seas.


A chiroteuthid ...

  • without suckers on clubs.
  • with funnel fused to mantle at each funnel-mantle lock.
  • without photophores except on arm tips in mature (?) females.


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