Type locality: South Pacific, north of New Zealand at 35°45'S, 176°20'E, 549-686 m depth.
H. meleagroteuthis has been taken throughout much of the world's tropical and subtropical waters. However, it appears to be absent from the oligotrophic subtropical waters south of Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea in the Atlantic and transitional waters of the California and Peru-Chile currents (habitat occupied by its close relative H. heteropsis) and the northern tropical central waters around Hawaii in the Pacific (Voss, et al., 1998).
Figure. Distribution chart of H. meleagroteuthis, modified from Voss et al., 1998.
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