IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

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Magnapinna pacifica, the type species of the family, was originally described from three individuals (two juveniles about 50 mm ML and a paralarva of 19 mm ML) from the North Pacific. Recently a fourth specimen has been captured from the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean. A brief description of the latter specimen can be seen here.

Brief diagnosis:

A Magnapinna with ...

  • proximal-tentacles wider than adjacent arms.
  • numerous suckers on proximal-tentacles.


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