Todarodes angolensis has historically been confused with Todarodes filippovae. However,T. angolensis seems to primarily occupy waters over the slope of Islands and continents while T. filippovae occupies waters of the open ocean in the
Brief diagnosis (from Dunning and Wormuth, 1998):
A Todarodes with ...
- 14-18 transverse sucker rows on manus.
- 13-16 teeth in sucker ring of largest manus sucker.
- diameter of largest manus sucker at 2.0 - 2.6 mm.
Table comparing all species is found on the Todarodes page.
Type locality of T. angolensis: South Atlantic off Angola at about 13°10'S, 12°50'E. There is uncertainty in the distribution of this species as its systematic history has confused its separation from T. filippovae. These two species are sympatric in the Tasman Sea (Dunning and Wormuth, 1998) at least.
Off South Africa T. angolensis, "is an indicator species for the upper slope benthic habitat. During daylight adult squids occur only near the bottom" (Jereb and Roper, 2010, p. 325). Rodhouse, 1998,
Dunning, M. C. and J. H. Wormuth. 1998. The ommastrephid squid genus Todarodes: A review of systematics, distribution, and biology (Cephalopoda: Teuthoidea). . Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 586: 385-391.
Rodhouse, P. D. 1998. Todarodes filippovae in the Southern Ocean: an appraisal for exploitation and management. p. 207-215, In: Large Pelagic Squids, T. Okutani (Ed.) Japan Marine Fishery Resources Research Center, Tokyo, 269 pp.
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