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Sandalops melancholicus is a small squid. Maximum known size is about 110 mm ML. It is most easily recognized by the shape and method of attachment of the short fins. It occurs circumglobally in tropical and subtropical waters and at depths within the mesopelagic zone.
- with tubular eyes as juvenile.
- with contiguous ocular photophores.
- with short, broad vanes of gladius with matching fins.
- without tubercules at funnel-mantle fusion.