Polar Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 21–26 | Cite as

A second species of the squid genus Kondakovia (Cephalopoda: Onychoteuthidae) from the sub-Antarctic

  • V. LaptikhovskyEmail author
  • A. Arkhipkin
  • K. S. Bolstad
Original Paper


A new species of squid, Kondakovia nigmatullini, is described based on two specimens from sub-Antarctic waters of the Southwest Atlantic. The new species is characterised by short, broad, rhombic fins, long rostrum of the gladius (~13% ML); very weak development or absence of longitudinal ridges on the mantle surface; some reticulate folds on mantle surface; 23–27 club hooks; subequal funnel/mantle components of the locking apparatus, and a tricuspid rachidian, with small lateral cusps.


Kondakovia Onychoteuthidae Southwest Atlantic Taxonomy 



The authors sincerely thank Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera, Dr. Richard E. Young, Dr. Laure Bonnaud, and an anonymous reviewer for valuable comments and suggestions, and Zhanna Shcherbich for the illustrations in this publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Falkland Islands Government Fisheries DepartmentStanleyFalkland Islands
  2. 2.Earth and Oceanic Sciences Research InstituteAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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