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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.
K=
Kermadec Islands
A=
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
C=
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
F=
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
M=
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
An=
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
FW =
Freshwater
L =
Land
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced

Architeuthis dux Steenstrup, 1857

Classification:Cephalopoda - Coleoida - Oegopsida
Family:ARCHITEUTHIDAE
Size/Grows to:Length 18m (animal)
Synonyms:(=kirkii Robson, =longimanus Kirk, =stockii Kirk, =verrilli Kirk)
Geographical Range:ACFMAn
References and Publications:
  • Bolstad, K.S., O'Shea, S. 2004: Gut content of a giant squid Architeuthis dux (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida) from New Zealand waters, New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 31(1) (p.15)
  • Förch, E.C. 1998: The marine fauna of New Zealand: Cephalopoda: Oegopsida: Architeuthidae (Giant Squid), NIWA Biodiversity Memoir, Wellington, 110 (p.86)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.442)