Chiroteuthis veranii

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Long-armed squid
Chiroteuthis veranyi.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Chiroteuthidae
Genus: Chiroteuthis
C. veranii
Binomial name
Chiroteuthis veranii
(Férussac, 1835)[2]
  • C. v. lacertosa
    Verrill, 1881
  • C. v. veranii
    (Férussac, 1835)
  • Loligopsis veranii Férussac, 1834
  • Chiroteuthis veranyi (Férussac, 1834)
  • Loligopsis vermicolaris Rüppell, 1844
  • Loligopsis perlatus Risso, 1854
  • Chiroteuthis lacertosa Verrill, 1881
  • Chiroteuthis diaphana (Verrill, 1884)
  • Leptoteuthis diaphana Verrill, 1884

Chiroteuthis veranii, commonly known as the long-armed squid, is a species of chiroteuthid squid. It grows to a mantle length of 12.5 cm[3] and a total length of 130 cm.[4]

The type specimen was collected in the Mediterranean Sea by Jean Baptiste Vérany and is deposited at the Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Nice in Nice, France.[5]

To wield its exceptionally long arms, this squid species builds up internal fluid pressure by contracting its muscles, which allows it to expel two long tentacles at a high speed in order to catch prey.[6]

Chiroteuthis veranyi by Ernst Haeckel


  1. ^ Barratt, I. & Allcock, L. (2014). "Abralia andamanica". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T176066A1426277. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T176066A1426277.en.
  2. ^ a b Julian Finn (2016). "Chiroteuthis veranii Férussac, 1835". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ Pfeffer, G. 1912. Cephalopods of the Plankton Expedition. Ergebniss der Plankton-Expedition der Humboldt-Stiftung 2: 1–815.
  4. ^ Akimushkin, I.I. 1965. Cephalopods of the seas of the U.S.S.R.. Israel Program for Scientific Translations, Washington, D.C.: 199–223.
  5. ^ Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda
  6. ^ Harvell, Drew (2016). A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 116.

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