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Introduction

The Neoteuthidae contains weakly muscled species of small to moderate size (up to 27 cm). They are distinctive in having peculiar fins in which free posterior fin lobes are present and anterior lobes are absent. In addition, the fins attach laterally on the mantle muscle. The tentacular club is unusual in having the manus divided into two distinct regions: a proximal-manus carrying numerous small suckers in irregular series and a distal-manus mostly carring four regular series (may be slightly more suckers in initial portion) of larger suckers. The appearance of the club is similar to that of some species of brachioteuthids. Little is known about the biology of this group.

Brief diagnosis:

An oegopsid ...

  • with more than 10 irregular series of suckers on proximal manus of tentacular club.
  • with anterior attachments of fins to the sides of the mantle rather than on gladius.
  • with free posterior lobes on fins.

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