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Grimpoteuthis meangensis was originally described from a single, damaged animal of unknown sex. A full illustration was never made. Subsequently Hoyle (1886) illustrated a small octopod from the South Pacific (over 2000 km south of the type locality) which he assummed to be the same species. However, considering the variety of species now known to exist, this identification may not be valid and is not included in the description here. A redescription based on new material is badly needed.