Magnapinna pacifica

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Magnapinna pacifica
Magnapinna pacifica.jpg
Holotype of Magnapinna pacifica
(51 mm ML)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Magnapinnidae
Genus: Magnapinna
M. pacifica
Binomial name
Magnapinna pacifica

Magnapinna pacifica is a species of bigfin squid known only from three immature specimens; two caught at a depth of less than 300 m and one from a fish stomach. M. pacifica is the type species of the genus Magnapinna. It is characterised primarily by its proximal tentacles, which are wider than adjacent arms and bear numerous suckers.

M. pacifica was described in 1998 by Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young based on three specimens. The holotype is a juvenile specimen of 51 mm mantle length (ML), taken off the Californian coast at a depth of 0–200 m in a Bongo plankton net. The paratype (USNM 885787), a juvenile specimen of 49 mm ML, was found in the stomach of a lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox). It had initially dried out and was later reconstituted. The third individual, a 19.1 mm ML paralarva, was taken off Hawaii at a depth of 0–300 m in a 4 m2 plankton net.


  1. ^ Barratt, I. & Allcock, L. (2014). "Magnapinna pacifica". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: T163365A1002258. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T163365A1002258.en. Downloaded on 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Magnapinna pacifica Vecchione & Young, 1998". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  • Vecchione, M. & R.E. Young. 1998. The Magnapinnidae, a newly discovered family of oceanic squids (Cephalopoda; Oegopsida). South African Journal of Marine Science 20: 429-437.

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