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Molluscs of Tasmania

Ancistrocheiridae: Ancistrocheirus lesueuri (d’Orbigny [in Férussac & d’Orbigny], 1842) (‘Lesueur’s squid’)

Synonym(s): lesueuri d’Orbigny, 1835 alessandrinii Vérany, 1847 polyonyx Troschel, 1857 caribaea Steenstrup, 1880 megalops Verrill, 1882 pallida Pfeffer, 1884.

Typical mantle-length 350 mm. Lives in offshore waters in midwater. Native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS and VIC); also widespread in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. In Tasmanian waters, this species has been recorded as beak(s) recovered from the guts of beached whale(s).


Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Order: Oegopsida
Superfamily: Oegopsida – unplaced
Family: Ancistrocheiridae
Genus: Ancistrocheirus

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