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Gonatus onyx
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Gonatidae
Genus: Gonatus
Gray, 1849[1]
Type species
Onychoteuthis amoena
Møller (dk), 1842

Gonatus is a genus of squid in the family Gonatidae, comprising twelve species, and therefore containing the most species in the family. Adult squid belonging to species in this genus are notable for their lack of tentacles.[2]


Species name Year described Mantle length[3]
Gonatus antarcticus 1898 230 mm
Gonatus berryi 1923 240 mm
Gonatus californiensis 1972 315 mm
Gonatus fabricii 1818 129 mm
Gonatus kamtschaticus 1849 300 mm
Gonatus madokai 1977 329 mm
Gonatus middendorffi 1981 225 mm
Gonatus onyx 1972 145 mm
Gonatus oregonensis 1985 Young squid- 46 mm
Gonatus pyros 1972 160 mm
Gonatus steenstrupi 1981 94 mm
Gonatus ursabrunae 1985 Young squid- 25 mm


  1. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Gonatus Gray, 1849". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  2. ^ Diversity, distribution and ecology of gonatid squids in the subarctic Pacific: A review. K. Jefferts, 1983.
  3. ^ Tree of Life web project