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Species of Stoloteuthis are heteroteuthins with a large ventral shield (note the dramatic blue fringe to the shield in the title photograph) but exhibit unusual variability in the dorsal fusion of the head and mantle. The genus as constituted here may not form a natural group due to the inclusion of the poorly known S. weberi.

Brief diagnosis:

A heteroteuthin with ...

  • enlarged suckers on arms II of males.
  • funnel lock with a simple, straight groove.


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