Alternate names: cockatoo squid, lightbulb squid

Author: unknown


General: Often appear to have bloated bodies and short arms. Often observed in the "cockatoo posture" with the arms and tentacles folded back over the head.

Size: 10 cm to 2 m (mantle length).

Geographic Information

Published depth range: 200 to 1,000 m

Ocean range (global): Worldwide in tropical and temperate waters; also known from the Arctic and Southern Oceans.

Additional Information


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Citation: Cranchiidae (unknown) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-12-02.
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