Key to Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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Onykia (Moroteuthopsis) ingens (E.A.Smith, 1881)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Cephalopoda (Class) > Coleoida (Subclass) > Oegopsida (Order) > Onychoteuthidae (Family) > Onykia (Genus) > Moroteuthopsis (Subgenus)
Size/Grows to:Length 55cm (mantle)
Distribution:Widespread in New Zealand and sub-Antarctic waters. Most commonly between 250 and 900 metres
Geographical Range:[ACFMAn]
References and Publications:
  • Bolstad, K.S. 2010: Systematics of the Onychoteuthidae Gray, 1847 (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida), Zootaxa, 2696 (p.96)
  • Bolstad, K.S. 2007: Systematics and distribution of the New Zealand onychoteuthid fauna (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida), including a new species, Notonykia nesisi sp. nov., Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 17 (p.314)
  • Roper, C.F.E., Sweeney, M.J., Nauen, C.E. 1984: Food and Agriculture Organization Species Catalogue: Volume 3. Cephalopods of the World. An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Species of Interest to Fisheries, FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes, FAO, Rome, Italy, 125(3) (p.130)
  • Clarke, M.R. 1980: Cephalopoda in the diet of sperm whales of the southern hemisphere and their bearing on sperm whale biology, Discovery Reports, 37 (p.121)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.441)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.