Magnapinna talismani

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Magnapinna talismani
Magnapinna talismani.jpg
Holotype of Magnapinna talismani
(61 mm ML)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Teuthida
Family: Magnapinnidae
Genus: Magnapinna
Species: M. talismani
Binomial name
Magnapinna talismani
(Fischer & Joubin, 1907)
  • Chiroteuthopsis talismani
    Fischer & Joubin, 1907
  • Mastigoteuthis talismani
    (Fischer & Joubin, 1907)

Magnapinna talismani is a species of bigfin squid known only from a single damaged specimen. It is characterised by small white nodules present on the ventral surface of its fins.

The holotype of M. talismani is a specimen of 61 mm mantle length (ML) collected in the northern Atlantic Ocean, south of the Azores, at 34°46′N 36°11′W / 34.767°N 36.183°W / 34.767; -36.183. It was caught by an open bottom trawl at a depth of up to 3175 m. The capture location of this specimen is very near to that of the as-yet undescribed Magnapinna sp. B.

M. talismani was originally placed in the genus Chiroteuthopsis, which is now considered a junior synonym of Mastigoteuthis. Mastigoteuthis talismani was subsequently placed in the genus Magnapinna by Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young in 2006.


  • Fischer, H. & L. Joubin 1907. Expéditions scientifiques du Travailleur et du Talisman. Céphalopodes 8: 313-353.
  • Vecchione, M. & R.E. Young. 2006. The squid family Magnapinnidae (Mollusca; Cephalopoda) in the North Atlantic with a description of Magnapinna atlantica, n. sp.. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 119(3): 365-372.

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