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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Teuthida
Family: Walvisteuthidae
Nesis & Nikitina, 1986
Genus: Walvisteuthis
Nesis & Nikitina, 1986
Species: W. virilis
Binomial name
Walvisteuthis virilis
Nesis & Nikitina, 1986

Walvisteuthis is the only squid genus in the family Walvisteuthidae, consisting of a single species, Walvisteuthis virilis. It is found in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Walvis (the Dutch word for whale) refers to the Walvis Ridge in the South Atlantic; virilis (Latin for male) was chosen because only one, male, specimen was ever caught.


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