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D. gigas is the largest of the ommastrephids reaching a weight of approximately 50kg and a mantle length of 1.2 m (Nigmatullin et al., 2001). It is known only from the Eastern Pacific.
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An ommastrephid ...
- with elongate, whip-like arm tips in subadults; arms with 100-200 pairs of suckers.