Stoloteuthis leucoptera

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Stoloteuthis leucoptera
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Dorsal (left) and ventral (right) views
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Sepiida
Family: Sepiolidae
Subfamily: Heteroteuthidinae
Genus: Stoloteuthis
Species: S. leucoptera
Binomial name
Stoloteuthis leucoptera
(Verrill, 1878)[2]
  • Sepiola leucoptera Verrill, 1878

Stoloteuthis leucoptera, also known as the butterfly bobtail squid, is a widespread species of bobtail squid. Its natural range covers the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and southwestern Indian Ocean. It is distributed from the Gulf of St Lawrence to the Straits of Florida in the western Atlantic and in the Bay of Biscay in the eastern Atlantic. In the Mediterranean Sea, it is specifically found in the northern and southern Tyrrhenian Sea, Ligurian Sea, and off Gorgona Island. S. leucoptera has also been recorded from the Benguela Current off Namibia. There exist unverified records of specimens off eastern Tasmania.[3]

On average, females are slightly larger than males. They grow to 18 mm and 17 mm in mantle length, respectively.[3]


  1. ^ Allcock, L.; Barratt, I. (2012). "Stoloteuthis leucoptera". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T162502A903824. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T162502A903824.en.  Downloaded on 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Stoloteuthis leucoptera (Verrill, 1878)". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Reid, A. & P. Jereb 2005. Family Sepiolidae. In: P. Jereb & C.F.E. Roper, eds. Cephalopods of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Volume 1. Chambered nautiluses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 1. Rome, FAO. pp. 153–203.

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