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A magnapinnid, illustrated by Hardy (1956) from the South Atlantic and identified as Octopodoteuthopsis, is deposited in the Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). This squid was not recognized as a magnapinnid prior to the work of Vecchione and Young (2006; they list this species as Magnapinna sp.) due to the slender tentacles which differed greatly from the previously only known species, M. pacifica.
A Magnapinna ...
- with proximal-tentacles more slender than arms IV.
- with chromatophores.
- without glandular regions on proximal-tentacles.