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Octopoteuthis sp.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Octopoteuthidae
Genus: Octopoteuthis
Rüppell, 1844 [1]
Type species
Octopoteuthis sicula
Rüppell, 1844

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  • Octopodoteuthis Krohn, 1845
  • Octopodoteuthopsis Pfeffer, 1912
  • Verania Krohn, 1847

Octopoteuthis is a genus of squid. It is one of two genera in the family Octopoteuthidae, the other being Taningia. Both Octopoteuthis and Taningia are characterized by their lack of tentacles for the majority of their life cycle, and have traits characteristic of both squids and octopods.[2] The species limits of the genus are in need of further research, for example some authorities have stated that the Mediterranean species Octopoteuthis sicula is apparently the senior synonym of Octopoteuthis danae and that it is very closely related to, or possibly conspecific with, Octopoteuthis megaptera.[3]


The following species are recognised by the World Register of Marine Species:[1]

Species marked with an asterisk (*) is a nomen dubium and may not be a valid taxon


  1. ^ a b c Julian Finn (2016). "Octopoteuthis Rüppell, 1844". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ Nixon, Marion; Young, John Z. (2003). The Brains and Lives of Cephalopods. Oxford University Press. pp. 193–195. ISBN 0198527616. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Young, Richard E. & Michael Vecchione (2016). "Octopoteuthis Ruppell 1844. Version 16 November 2016". The Tree of Life Web Project. Retrieved 10 March 2018.