Mastigoteuthis

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    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    Ok, so Heather is WAAAY more qualified to talk about this than me. Mastigoteuthis is commonly known as the whiplash squid, because the tentacles lack clubs (giving them the appearence of whips!)



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    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    The screenshot above is from video footage of Mastigo's
    You can see more video's of these awesome squid here!
     
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    Any idea how long the mantle is? Since they think it eats copepods, I assume it is a small animal but I could not find any sizing info except that the fins are "large" and I assume that was a proportionate statement.
     
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    Heather Braid O. vulgaris Supporter

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    The size is quite variable, and it's hard to tell exactly how big they get we don't seem to have all that many mature adult specimens in the collections here. But most of them (in New Zealand anyway) seem to get up to around 15cm mantle length. But then there is Idioteuthis cordiformis which can have a mantle length of up to two meters and weigh around 75kg. But I haven't heard of them eating anything other than copepods and krill, and if you look at their tentacles it doesn't seem like they could catch much else.
     
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    One last one. LOTS of videos for this guy!
     
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    Molecular phylogenetic analysis of the squid family Mastigoteuthidae (Mollusca, Cephalopoda) based on three mitochondrial genes 2013 (subscription but might be begged from @Tintenfisch or @Heather Braid :wink:
     

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