Magnoteuthis microlucens

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Magnoteuthis microlucens
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Mastigoteuthidae
Genus: Magnoteuthis
M. microlucens
Binomial name
Magnoteuthis microlucens
(Young, Lindgren & Vecchione, 2008)

Mastigoteuthis microlucens Young, Lindgren & Vecchione, 2008

Magnoteuthis microlucens is a species of squid; the most common species of Mastigoteuthis around the main Hawaiian Islands.[2]

A specimen was caught in a filter placed in one of the deep-sea pipelines of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) off the Hawaiian Islands in the summer of 2007. On June 12, 2007, the creature was identified as an unnamed species of squid.[3][4][5][6] The ruby-red creature was about a foot long, with white suction cups on its arms. The animal died three days after it was brought to the surface.

The specimen was originally dubbed "Octosquid" by NELHA operations manager Jan War, a reference to the fact that the specimen had only eight arms, like an octopus, rather than the eight arms and two tentacles of most squid. An examination of the specimen conducted by Richard Young of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, however, concluded that it was an unnamed species of the genus Mastigoteuthis. The specimen was likely missing its tentacles due to them being torn off during capture.[3]

It was formally described in 2008 as Mastigoteuthis microlucens.[2][7]


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  2. ^ a b Young, R. E.; Vecchione, M.; Lindgren, A. "Magnoteuthis microlucens". Tree of Life web project. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "'Octosquid' Not So Mysterious". Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  4. ^ Associated Press 2007. Rare deep-sea squid found off the Big Island. KPUA, July 6, 2007. Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Command, B. 2007. Scientists all agog at 'octosquid'. Hawaii Tribune Herald, June 29, 2007. Archived July 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Yap, B.P. 2007. Curious creature caught off Keahole Point. Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 5, 2007.
  7. ^ Young, R. E.; Lindgren, A.; Vecchione, M. (August 2008). "Mastigoteuthis microlucens, a new species of the squid family Mastigoteuthidae (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 121 (2): 276–282. doi:10.2988/07-40.1. S2CID 86265294.