- Digestive system
- Radula absent.
- Stomach slightly two-parted.
- Esophagus and stomach covered with deep reddish-purple gelatinous tissue.
- Caecum with nearly a complete spiral.
- Intestine short, straight.
- Salivary glands present on buccal mass.
- Male reproductive tract
- Male genitalia complex has been figured but not described. Identification of structures based on Voss and Pearcy, 1990.
- Female reproductive tract
- Distal portion of oviducal gland dark brown, nearly black; proximal portion white.
- Distal oviduct broadens distally, bulbous.
- Beaks have been illustrated but not described.
- Half-orange shape.
- 7-9 primary lamellae.
- Mantle and head greyish, tinged with purple-brown.
- Posterior edges of fins lined with dark purple or reddish-brown color.
- Aboral surfaces of arms and web dark purple or reddish-brown.
- Oral surfaces of arms and web deep purplish brown or chocolate often with light brown or flesh-colored suckers.
Grimpoteuthis bathynectes: Description ContinuedRichard E. Young and Michael Vecchione
Voss, G. L. and W. G. Pearcy. 1990. Deep-water octopods (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) of the Northeastern Pacific. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 47: 47-94.
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