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Neoteuthis Naef, 1921

Neoteuthis thielei Naef, 1921

Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
Neoteuthis contains a single species.
Containing group: Neoteuthidae


This redescription is based on a single, well preserved squid from the North Pacific taken north of the main Hawaii Archipelago. We have, however, examined several specimens from the North Atlantic and South Atlantic that exhibit no basic differences.


A neoteuthid ...


  1. Arms
    1. Arm suckers with ca 15 broad, truncate teeth on distal 1/2-2/3 of inner ring. Dentition similar on all arms.
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      Figure. Oblique views of large arm suckers of N. thielei, 100 mm ML, North Pacific. Photograph by R. Young.

  2. Tentacles
    1. Club long, 59-63% of ML.
    2. Proximal-manus occupies 75-80% of club length.
    3. Suckers of proximal-manus extremely small and numerous.
    4. Locking apparatus present only along dorsal border of proximal-manus (see arrows in photograph to the right).
    5. Dactylus with 4 series of suckers to tip.
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      Figure. Top - Oral view of tentacular club of N. thielei, 83 mm ML . Drawing from Young (1972). Bottom - Oblique view of portion of proximal-manus of N. thielei, 100 mm ML. Arrows point to suckers of proximal locking apparatus. Photograph by R. Young.

    6. Small suckers of club proximal-manus with toothed inner rings and inward projecting pegs on outer rings.
    7. Large suckers of club distal-manus with numerous long, pointed teeth around entire margin of inner ring.
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      Figure. Oral view of tentacular club-suckers of N. thielei, 100 mm ML, North Pacific. Left - Small suckers of the proximal manus. Right - Large suckers of the distal manus. Photographs by R. Young.

    Scanning electron micrographs of the suckers can be seen here.

  3. Fins
    1. Fins long, 70% of ML (see title illustration).


Additional features of the description can be found here.


Type locality: 32?08'S, 08?28'W, South Atlantic, 0-1000 m depth.

The North Pacific specimen came from 28?18.9'N, 154?37.5'W (north of the Hawaiian Islands) from the R/V T. Washington with an IKMT that fished mostly with 3000 mwo. (South Tow 13, Station no. 6- tow 35. Scripps Inst. Ocy.)


Naef, A. 1921-23. Cephalopoda. Fauna e Flora de Golfo di Napoli. Monograph, no. 35, 863 pp.

Naef, A. 1921. Das System der Dibranchiaten Cephalopoden und die Mediterranean Arten derselben. Mitteilungen aus der Zoologischen Station Zu Neapel, 22: 527-542.

Thiele, J. 1920. Die Cephalopodsn der deutschen Sudpolar-Expedition 1901-1903. Deutsche Sudpolar-Expedition 1901-1903, 16(8): 433-465.

Title Illustrations
Scientific Name Neoteuthis thielei
Location Off California, USA
Reference Young, R. E. 1972. The systematics and areal distribution of pelagic cephalopods from the seas off Southern California. Smithson. Contr. Zool., 97: 1-159.
Creator C. McSweeny
View Dorsal, ventral
Size 83 mm ML
Copyright © Richard E. Young
Scientific Name Neoteuthis thielei
Location South Atlantic
Life Cycle Stage Juvenile
View Side, ventral
Size 11 mm ML
Type Holotype
About This Page

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. 2003. Neoteuthis Naef, 1921. Neoteuthis thielei Naef, 1921. Version 01 January 2003 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Neoteuthis_thielei/19926/2003.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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