Iridoteuthis maoria

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Iridoteuthis maoria
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Ventral view of type
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Lateral view of type
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Sepiida
Family: Sepiolidae
Subfamily: Heteroteuthidinae
Genus: Iridoteuthis
I. maoria[1]
Binomial name
Iridoteuthis maoria[1]
Dell, 1959
  • Stoloteuthis maoria (Dell, 1959)

Iridoteuthis maoria is a species of bobtail squid native to the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It occurs in Cook Strait and Chatham Rise off North Island in New Zealand, and has also been recorded from the Nazca and Sala y Gomez submarine ridges in the eastern Pacific.[3]

I. maoria has very large eyes and protruding fins. The length of the mantle and head—excluding the tentacles—is up to 38 mm, and the width including fins is up to 36 mm.[4]

The type specimen was collected off New Zealand and is deposited at the National Museum of New Zealand in Wellington.[5]

I. maoria may belong to the genus Stoloteuthis.


  1. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Iridoteuthis maoria Dell, 1959". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ Allcock, L.; Barratt, I. (2012). "Stoloteuthis maoria". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T162656A937822. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T162656A937822.en. Downloaded on 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ Reid, A. & P. Jereb 2005. Family Sepiolidae. In: P. Jereb & C.F.E. Roper, eds. Cephalopods of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Volume 1. Chambered nautiluses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 1. Rome, FAO. pp. 153–203.
  4. ^ Powell, A.W.B. 1979. New Zealand Mollusca. William Collins Publishers Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  5. ^ Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda

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