IUCN threat status:

Not evaluated

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Taningia danae reaches a maximum of 170 cm ML (Nesis, 1981/87). In T. danae tentacles are reduced to minute appendages in young subadults and are absent in adults. The second arms carry large, lidded photophores at the arm tips.

Figure. Dorsolateral view of T. danae, 60 mm ML, Hawaiian waters. Photograph by R.Young.

Brief diagnosis:

An octopoteuthid ...

  • with large photophores at the tips of arms II; other arms without arm-tip photophores.
  • without "tail" photophores.


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