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Todarodes angolensis Adam, 1962

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Containing group: Todarodes


Todarodes angolensis has historically been confused with Todarodes filippovae. However,T. angolensis seems to primarily occupy waters over the slope of Islands and continents while T. filippovae occupies waters of the open ocean in the


Brief diagnosis (from Dunning and Wormuth, 1998):

A Todarodes with ...

Table comparing all species is found on the Todarodes page.


  1. Tentacle.
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Figure. Right tentacle club of T. angolensis. Enlarged view from the title photograph. This club appears to have 14 or 15 rows on the manus. Photograph by Darren Stevens.


Type locality of T. angolensis: South Atlantic off Angola at about 13°10'S, 12°50'E. There is uncertainty in the distribution of this species as its systematic history has confused its separation from T. filippovae. These two species are sympatric in the Tasman Sea (Dunning and Wormuth, 1998) at least.

Off South Africa T. angolensis, "is an indicator species for the upper slope benthic habitat. During daylight adult squids occur only near the bottom" (Jereb and Roper, 2010, p. 325). Rodhouse, 1998,


Dunning, M. C. and J. H. Wormuth. 1998. The ommastrephid squid genus Todarodes: A review of systematics, distribution, and biology (Cephalopoda: Teuthoidea). . Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 586: 385-391.

Rodhouse, P. D. 1998. Todarodes filippovae in the Southern Ocean: an appraisal for exploitation and management. p. 207-215, In: Large Pelagic Squids, T. Okutani (Ed.) Japan Marine Fishery Resources Research Center, Tokyo, 269 pp.

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Scientific Name Todarodes angolensis
Location NewZealand sub-Antarctic at 49.48S, 174.44E. Caught in a bottom trawl at 646 m depth.
Comments Title photograph shows two views of the same specimen.
Acknowledgements National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
Identified By Darren Stevens
Sex Female (?)
View Dorsal (top), ventral (bottom)
Size 474 mm ML
Collection NIWA
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