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Nematolampas regalis Berry, 1913

Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
Containing group: Nematolampas


This is a small (30 mm ML) squid that is known from only the two type specimens that were found on the beach in the Kermadec Islands.


A Nematolampas ...


  1. Arms
    1. Arms III greatly elongate (only in males?).
    2. Distal half of arms III without suckers and thread-like.
    3. Arms II normal (not greatly elongate, not thread-like distally, with suckers throughout).

  2. Photophores
    1. Arms III with numerous photophores imbedded in linear series.
    2. A small photophores near tip of each arms I and II.
    3. Tentacles with two imbedded photophores.
    4. Central photophore largest of ocular photophores.
    5. Pair of large photophores near posteroventral tip of mantle; otherwise photophores absent from integument of mantle, fins and head.
    6. Single postero-abdominal photophore on viscera.

  3. Fins and tail
    1. Tail virtually absent.


Arocha, F. 2003. A new species of Nematolampas (cephalopoda: Oegopsida) from the Western Central Atlantic with an overview of the family Lycoteuthidae. Bull Mar. Sci., 72: 941-953.

Berry, S. S. 1913. Nematolampas, a remarkable new cephalopod from theSouth Pacific. Biol. Bull., 25: 208-212.

Voss, G. L. 1962. A monograph of the Cephalopoda of the North Atlantic. I. The Family Lycoteuthidae. Bull. Mar. Sci. Gulf Carib. 12: 264-305.

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Scientific Name Nematolampas regalis
Reference from Voss, G. L. 1962. A monograph of the Cephalopoda of the North Atlantic. I. The Family Lycoteuthidae. Bull. Mar. Sci. Gulf Carib. 12: 264-305 (p. 293).
Copyright © 1962 Bulletin of Marine Science
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Drawing from Voss (1962) printed with the Permission of the Bulletin of Marine Science

National Marine Fisheries Service
Systematics Laboratory
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, D. C. 20560

Richard E. Young

Dept of Oceanography
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Citing this page:

Vecchione, Michael and Young, Richard E. 1999. Nematolampas regalis Berry, 1913. Version 01 January 1999 (complete). http://tolweb.org/Nematolampas_regalis/19733/1999.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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