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Selenoteuthis Voss, 1958

Selenoteuthis scintillans Voss, 1958

Moon Squid

Michael Vecchione
This genus contains a single species
Containing group: Lycoteuthidae


These are small squid reaching about 35 mm ML and known only from the tropical to subtropical North Atlantic.


A lycoteuthin ...


  1. Photophores.
    1. Five ventral ocular photophores in a straight line.

      Figure. Ventral views of the eyeball of S. scintillans showing ocular photophores. Left - female. Right - Male. Drawings modified from Voss, (1962, p. 295-296).

    2. Apparently three adjacent postero-abdominal photophores.
    3. Spherical organ on tip of each arms II and III in males.

      Figure. Side view of an arm-tip photophore of S. scintillans on arm II. Drawing from Voss (1962, p. 296).

    4. Spherical tail organ, larger in males (see title drawings).
    5. Tentacles with three photophores: base of tentacle, mid-tentacle, base of carpus (Arocha, 2003)
  2. Viscera
    1. Genitalia in males paired.


More details of the description can be found here.


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.

Title Illustrations
Scientific Name Selenoteuthis scintillans
Location Bahamas
Comments collected by submersible
Sex m
Copyright © 1996 M. Vecchione
Scientific Name Selenoteuthis scintillans, Selenoteuthis scintillans (2)
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. 295, 296, with permission
Sex f, m (2)
View ventral, dorsal (2)
Copyright © 1962 Bulletin of Marine Science
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Drawings by 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

Citing this page:

Vecchione, Michael. 1999. Selenoteuthis Voss, 1958. Selenoteuthis scintillans Voss, 1958. Moon Squid. Version 01 January 1999 (complete). http://tolweb.org/Selenoteuthis_scintillans/19734/1999.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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