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M. pyrodes is a very distinctive species and the only species of Mastigoteuthis known off Southern California, U.S.A.
A mastigoteuthid ...
- with numerous small but easily seen integumental photophores and a much larger photophore on each eyelid.
- with broad funnel locking-apparatus without antitragus and with undercut posterior margin and antitragus.
- with large club suckers (ca. 0.3 mm diam.)