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Lepidoteuthis grimaldii

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Lepidoteuthis grimaldii, also known as the Grimaldi scaled squid, is a large squid growing to 1 m in mantle length.[3] It is named after the Grimaldi family, reigning house of Monaco. Prince Albert I of Monaco was an amateur teuthologist who pioneered the study of deep sea squids by collecting the 'precious regurgitations' of sperm whales. The Grimaldi scaled squid was first collected from the stomach contents of a sperm whale.[4] It is a widely distributed species in tropical and subtropical areas of the North and South Atlantic, the southern Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, where it has been recorded off Japan and in the west Pacific.[1]

Grimaldi scaled squid
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Female (61.7 cm ML, 4.07 kg weight) from the Chatham Rise off New Zealand
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Closeup of the overlapping dermal scales of the same specimen
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Oegopsida
Family: Lepidoteuthidae
Pfeffer, 1912
Genus: Lepidoteuthis
Joubin, 1895[2]
L. grimaldii
Binomial name
Lepidoteuthis grimaldii
Joubin, 1895

Enoptroteuthis spinicauda Berry, 1920

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  1. ^ a b Barratt, I. & Allcock, L. (2014). "Lepidoteuthis grimaldii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T163278A993322. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T163278A993322.en. Downloaded on 07 March 2018.
  2. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Lepidoteuthis grimaldii Joubin, 1916". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ Young, R.E. & M. Vecchione 2009. Lepidoteuthidae Pfeffer 1912. The Tree of Life Web Project.
  4. ^ Albert 1er of Monaco. "Notes sur un Cachalot." Bulletin du Muséum d’histoire naturelle 1895, no. 8.

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