IUCN threat status:

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Introduction

Kondakovia longimana is a large squid (adults to 740 mm ML) of the Southern Ocean (Kubodera et al. 1998). The primary feature that sets this genus apart from similar species in Onykia is the presence of marginal sucker series on the tentacular clubs in subadults. The three squid of the type series were taken from the surface and at a depth of 50 m. All three had been feeding heavily on euphausiids (i.e. Euphausia superba). Clarke (1980) examined the stomachs of 7 squid and found remains of fish, crustacea, squid and sponges.

Brief diagnosis:

An onychoteuthid ...

  • with marginal suckers throughout club in subadults (unique character).
  • without gladius visible beneath skin in dorsal midline.
  • with 3 occipital folds.
  • with longidtudinal dermal ridges on the surface of the mantle.

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