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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Mastigoteuthidae
Genus: Mastigoteuthis
Verrill, 1881[1]
Type species
Mastigoteuthis agassizii
Verrill, 1881

See text.

  • Chiroteuthopsis
    Pfeffer, 1900

Mastigoteuthis is a genus of whip-lash squid containing at least seven valid species. Some teuthologists consider Idioteuthis synonymous with this taxon.

The genus contains bioluminescent species.[2]


Magnapinna talismani was previously placed in this genus, but is now considered a species of bigfin squid.

The taxa listed above with an asterisk (*) are taxon inquirendum and need further study to determine if they are a valid taxon or a synonym.


  1. ^ a b Philippe Bouchet (2018). "Mastigoteuthis Verrill, 1881". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ Herring, Peter J. (1987). "Systematic distribution of bioluminescence in living organisms". Journal of bioluminescence and chemiluminescence. 1 (3): 147–163.
  • Salcedo-Vargas, M.A. 1997. Cephalopods from the Netherlands Indian Ocean Programme (NIOP) - II. Mastigoteuthid lineage and related forms. Beaufortia 47: 91-108.

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