Ommastrephes bartramii

(Lesueur, 1821)

Mantle cylindrical, length up to 86 cm. A wide, silvery longitudinal stripe extending along the ventral side of mantle almost from the anterior edge to the level of beginning fin. Fin is rhomboidal, slightly attenuate posteriorly. Rings of large suckers on club with four large teeth, one at each quadrant. Tips of arms are not attenuate; about 35 pairs of suckers on arms.

A common epipelagic to mesopelagic species.

There are three formally undescribed subspecies. A North Atlantic subspecies is reported from the Great Newfoundland Bank and North Sea to Florida, the southern part of the Sargasso Sea, and Mauritania (Distr. O. bartramii).