Wild Fact #171 – The “Tooth” Behind the Squid With Teeth

Squid with Teeth

Did You Know?

  • The Squid With Teeth is not the real common name for the Promachoteuthis sulcus squid? In fact, they don’t have a common name yet but I think we will stick with “Squid with Teeth”
  • Believe it or not only one specimen of this squid has been identified
  • The only specimen captured came from a depth between 1750 and 2000 metres under the sea

My Grandma, What Big Teeth You Have!

Okay, we need to talk about the elephant in the room. In this case it is the apparent teeth on this interesting, little squid. Yes, this squid caught the world by surprise when researchers flipped it over to discover a human-like mouth. It kind of looks like an old man with dentures, doesn’t it? While these “teeth” certainly make this Squid look creepy, it is important to note that these are not actual teeth…well not in the sense that we are thinking. Instead this look actually comes from a set of lips that are covering the more conventional squid beak. That’s right their “old man teeth” are simply an illusion but man does it ever look real. The reasoning for these “teeth” are not known at this time. In fact, there is not a whole lot of information out there on the Squid With Teeth since we have only found one specimen.

Squid With Teeth

Photo by Richard E. Young

How Big is a Squid with Teeth?

Yes, as mentioned, this entire species has been identified by one single specimen caught in the net of a German research vessel. This creepy, little squid was captured in the southern Atlantic Ocean at an incredibly deep depth. This particular individual was an immature female with a mantle length around 25 mm (1 inch), so not very big! So how large can these odd looking creatures grow to? Well, to be honest, I think your guess is as good as mine. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered about this deep sea dweller. If you are looking for a good research project and would like to hang out on the ocean for a little while, I highly recommend studying this unique squid (make sure you send me all of your findings :)).

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  1. MCKINLEY 4 years ago

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