Magnapinna pacifica

Alternate names: luria alada del PacĂ­fico, Pacific bigfin squid

Author: Vecchione and Young, 1998


General: Distinguished by distinctively large, terminal fins that are as long or even longer than the body length and equally as wide.

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): Eastern to central Pacific Ocean, in tropical to subtropical waters.

Habitat description: Mesopelagic.

Additional Information

Key visual features: Looks like they have bent "elbows."


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Vecchione, M. and R.E. Young (1998). The Magnapinnidae, a newly discovered family of oceanic squid (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida). South African Journal of Marine Science, 20: 429-437.

Osterhage, D., H. MacIntosh, F. Althaus, and A. Ross (2020). Multiple observations of Bigfin Squid (Magnapinna sp.) in the Great Australian Bight reveal distribution patterns, morphological characteristics, and rarely seen behaviour. PLoS ONE, 15(11): e0241066.

Roper, C. F. E. and P. Jereb (2010). "Family Magnapinnidae" in Cephalopods of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Volume 2. Myopsid and Oegopsid Squids. FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 2. Rome: FAO.

Vecchione, M. and R.E. Young (2019). "Magnapinna pacifica Vecchione and Young, 1998. Pacific bigfin squid." The Tree of Life Web Project. Last modified 3/26/19.

Vecchione, M., R.E. Young, A. Guerra, D.J. Lindsay, D.A. Clague, J.M. Bernard, W.W. Sager, A.F. Gonzalez, F.J. Rocha, and M. Segonzac (2001). Worldwide observations of remarkable deep-sea squids. Science, 294: 2505-2506.

Citation: Magnapinna pacifica (Vecchione and Young, 1998) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-12-05.
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