Taxa Associated with the Family Octopoteuthidae Berry, 1912

Michael J. Sweeney and Richard E. Young

(data as of June 2002)

Nominal Genus-Level Taxa

Cucioteuthus [Cucioteuthis] Steenstrup, 1882:164.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Taningia Joubin, 1931 [fide Clark (1966:190)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Sepia unguiculata Molina, 1782 by monotypy

Octopodoteuthis Krohn, 1845:49, figs a-f.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Octopoteuthis Ruppell, 1844 [Unjustified emendation; see Roper et al. (1969:7)]

Octopodoteuthopsis Pfeffer, 1912:222.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Octopoteuthis Ruppell, 1844 [fide Robson (1948)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Ancistrochirus megaptera Verrill, 1885 by monotypy

Octopoteuthis Ruppell, 1844:134.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid genus [fide Roper et al. (1969:7)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Octopoteuthis sicula Ruppell, 1844 by monotypy

Taningia Joubin, 1931:181.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid genus [fide Roper and Vecchione (1993:441)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 by monotypy

Verania Krohn, 1847:39.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Octopoteuthis Ruppell, 1844 [fide Roper et al. (1969:7)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Octopoteuthis sicula Ruppell, 1844 by monotypy

Nominal Species-Level Taxa (As Introduced Binomial)

Octopodoteuthis sicula atlantica Grimpe, 1922:46.

Nomen nudum.

Octopodoteuthis danae Joubin, 1931:185, text-figs 17-18.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species; Octopoteuthis danae [fide Nesis (1987:182)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- ZMUC Holotype [fide Kristensen and Knudsen (1983:221)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- 35∞15'N, 68∞20'W (Atlantic Ocean)

Taningia danae Joubin, 1931:181, text-figs 11-16.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species [fide Roper and Vecchione (1993:441)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- ZMUC Holotype [fide Kristensen and Knudsen (1983:221)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- 14∞52'N, 28∞04'W (Atlantic Ocean)

Octopodoteuthis indica Naef, 1923:336.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species; Octopoteuthis indica [fide Unresolved]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- Unresolved; ZMB? Holotype [Chun, 1910:pl 17, figs 3-4, 9] [species not traced in Glaubrecht and Salcedo-Vargas (2000)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- Agulhas Current [off South Africa]

Octopodoteuthis longiptera Akimushkin, 1963:177.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Species dubium [fide Young (1972:42)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. – Type lost [fide K. Nesis (pers. comm.)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- 20∞S, 25∞W (sperm whale stomach)

Octopodoteuthis sicula mediterranea Grimpe, 1922:46.

Nomen nudum.

Ancistrocheirus megaptera Verrill, 1885:399, pl 42 fig 1-1a.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species; Octopoteuthis megaptera [fide Voss (1956:125)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- NMNH Holotype 40128; specimen not extant [fide Roper and Sweeney (1978:9)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- 39∞12'N, 72∞03'W (Atlantic Ocean)

Octopodoteuthis nielseni Robson, 1948:120, text-figs 2-4.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species; Octopoteuthis nielseni [fide Nesis (1987:183)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- BMNH Syntypes (2) 1947.7.7.10 [fide Lipinski et al. (2000:108)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- Coccos Islands

Octopodoteuthis persica Naef, 1923:337.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Questionable species; unavailable as senior synonym of Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 [fide ICZN (1994) Opinion 1768]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- Unresolved; ZMB? Holotype [Chun, 1910:pl 17, figs 1-2, 7-8] [species not traced in Glaubrecht and Salcedo-Vargas (2000)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- Gulf of Aden

Sepia unguiculata Molina, 1782:199.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 [fide Clarke (1966:190)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- Unresolved
TYPE LOCALITY. -- Not designated [Chile; fide Molina (1789)]

Type Repositories

BMNH-The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England (formerly British Museum (Natural History)).† [For type catalog see Lipinski et al. (2000)]

NMNH-National Museum of Natural History, 10th & Constitution Avenue, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, U.S.A. (formerly USNM).† [For type catalogs see Roper and Sweeney (1978); Sweeney et al. (1988)]

ZMB- Zoologisches Museum, Museum f¸r Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universitat, Invalidenstrasse 43, D-1040 Berlin, Germany.† [For type catalog see Glaubrecht and Salcedo-Vargas (2000)]

ZMUC-Kobenhavns Universitet, Zoologisk Museum, Universitetsparken 15, DK 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.† [For type catalog see Kristensen and Knudsen (1983); See also Volsoe et al. (1962) for Steenstrup papers]


Akimushkin, I.I. 1963.  Cephalopods of the Seas of the U.S.S.R.  Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R., Institute of Oceanology, Mocow, 235 pages, 60 figures. [In Russian]

Berry, S.S. 1912.  A catalogue of Japanese Cephalopoda.  Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 64(2):380-444, 5 plates.

Chun, C. 1910.  Die Cephalopoden. Oegopsida.  Wissenschaftliche eregebnisse der deutschen tiefsee expedition auf dem dampfer "Valdivia" 1898-1899, 18(1):1-401, 32 figures, 2 text-plates, atlas of 61 plates.

Clarke, M.R. 1966.  A review of the systematics and ecology of oceanic squids.  Advances in Marine Biology, 4:91-300.

Glaubrecht, M. and M.A. Salcedo-Vargas. 2000.  Annotated type catalogue of the Cephalopoda (Mollusca) in the Museum fur Naturkunde, Humboldt University of Berlin.  Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin, Zoologischen, 76(2):269-282.

Grimpe, G. 1922.  Systematische ubersicht der europaischen Cephalopoden.  Sitzungsberichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Leipzig, 45:36-52.

Joubin, L. 1931.  Notes préliminaires sur les Céphalopodes des croisières du DANA (1921-1922), 3e Partie.  Annals de l'Institut Océanographique, (new series)10(7):169-211, 48 figures.

Kristensen, T.K. and J. Knudsen. 1983.  A catalogue of the type specimens of Cephalopoda (Mollusca) in the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen.  Steenstrupia, 9(10):217-227.

Krohn, A. 1845.  Ueber einen neuen cephalopoden (Octopodoteuthis).  Archiv fur Naturgeschichte, 11:47-49, 6 figures.

Krohn, A. 1847.  Nachtrage zu den Aufsatzen uber Tiedemannia, Octopodoteuthis und Alciopa.  Archiv für Naturgeschichte, 13:36-40, 1 plate.

Lipinski, M.R., F.A. Naggs, and M.A. Roeleveld. 2000.  Catalogue of types of Recent cephalopods in the collection of the Natural History Museum, London.  Annales Zoologici (Warszawa), 50(1):101-120.

Molina, G.I. 1782.  Saggio sulla storia naturale del Chili. Bologna, Stamperia di S. Tommaso d’Aquino, 367 pages.

Molina, G.I. 1789.  Essai sur l'historie naturelle du Chili. Paris, Chez Nee de la Rochelle, 351 pages.

Naef, A. 1923.  Die Cephalopoden.  Fauna e Flora de Golfo di Napoli, Monograph 35, 1(1)(part 2):149-863, figures 63-473.

Nesis, K.N. 1982.  Abridged key to the cephalopod Molluscs of the world's oceans. Moscow: Light and Food Industry Publishing House, 385 pages. (In Russian; see Nesis, 1987 for abridged English translation)

Nesis, K.N. 1987.  Cephalopods of the World; Squids, cuttlefishes, Octopuses, and Allies. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ, USA, 351 pages.

Pfeffer, G. 1912.  Die Cephalopoden der Plankton-Expedition. Zugleich eine monographische übersicht der Oegopsiden Cephalopoden.  Ergebnisse der Plankton-Expedition der Humboldt-stiftung, 2:1-815, 48 plates.

Robson, G.C. 1948.  The Cephalopoda Decapoda of the "Arcturus" Oceanographic Expedition, 1925.  Zoologica, Scientific Contributions of the New York Zoological Society, 33(3):115-132, 18 figures.

Roper, C.F.E. and M.J. Sweeney. 1978.  A catalog of the type-specimens of Recent Cephalopoda in the National Museum of Natural History.  Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 278:1-19.

Roper, C.F.E. and M. Vecchione. 1993.  A geographic and taxonomic review of Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 (Cephalopoda: Octopoteuthidae), with new records and observations on bioluminescence, pp. 441-456. In: T. Okutani, R.K. O'Dor and T. Kubodera (eds.) Recent Advances in Fisheries Biology. Tokai University Press, Tokyo.

Roper, C.F.E., R.E. Young, and G.L. Voss. 1969.  An illustrated key to the families of the order Teuthoidea (Cephalopoda).  Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 13:1-32, 16 plates.

Ruppell, E. 1844.  Intorno ad alcuni cefalopodi del mare di Messina: lettera del Dr. Eduardo Ruppell di Frankfort sul Meno al Prof. Anastasio Cocco.  Giornale del Gabinetto Letterario di Messina, 5(27-28):129-135, 2 figures.

Steenstrup, J. 1882.  Notae teuthologicae, 3.  Oversigt over det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskabs Forhandlinger, 1882:53-164.

Sweeney, M.J., C.F.E. Roper, and F.G. Hochberg. 1988.  Catalog of the type specimens of Recent Cephalopoda described by S. Stillman Berry.  Malacologia, 29(1):7-19.

Verrill, A.E. 1885.  Third catalogue of Mollusca, recently added to the fauna of the New England coast and the adjacent parts of the Atlantic, consisting mostly of deep-sea species, with notes on others previously recorded.  Transaction of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences, 6(2):395-452, 3 plates.

Volsoe, A., J. Knudsen and W. Rees. 1962.  The cephalopod papers of Japetus Steenstrup; a translation into English. Danish Science Press, Copenhagen, 330 pages.

Voss, G.L. 1956.  A review of the Cephalopods of the Gulf of Mexico.  Bulletin of Marine Science of the Gulf and Caribbean, 6(2):85-178, 18 figures.

Young, R.E. 1972.  The systematics and areal distribution of pelagic cephalopods from the seas off southern California.  Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 97:1-159, 15 figures, 38 plates.

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