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Bathyteuthis, Hoyle, Narr. Chall. Exp., vol. i. p. 272, may 1885.


Benthoteuthis, Verrill, Trans. Connect. Acad., vol. vi. p. 401, July 1885.



Body long, cyclindrical, tapering but slightly behind; fins subterminal, small and rounded; mantle-connective an elongated linear ridge fitting into a similar shorter groove on the base of the siphon, which is provided with a valve, but has no dorsal bridles.


Head large, very broad, with prominent eyes.


Arms very short, slender and conical; suckers very minute and in two series. Buccal membrane large, with seven points, each bearing one or two suckers.


Tentacles long, slender, without clubs, but with numerous minute suckers.


Gladius, resembling that of Ommastrephes in front, but expanded in the posterior third.”



(Hoyle, 1885: 308-309)


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Source: Antarctic Invertebrates Website (NMNH)

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