Animal Species:Spongetip Octopus - Eledone palari

Nothing is known of the behaviour of these mysterious species as none are known to have ever been observed live.

Standard Common Name

Spongetip Octopus

Identification

The skin of the Spongetip Octopus is gelatinous, and their arms have deep webs and a single row of suckers. Their common name is derived from spongy tips found in the arms of mature males, which are thought to play some role in reproductive behaviour. Eledone palari has an ink sac and no fins on the mantle.

Size range

Males mature at 30mm mantle length and females at 60mm mantle length.

Distribution

Indonesian and Australian waters.

Distribution by collection data

Biomaps map of Eledona palari specimens in the Australian Museum collection.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Eledona palari is a benthic octopus found at depths of between 200 and 600m.

Other behaviours and adaptations

It is thought females produce large eggs, up to 15mm long.

Classification

Species:
· palari
Genus:
· Eledone
Family:
Octopodidae
Order:
Octopoda
Subclass:
Coleoidea
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca

What does this mean?

References

Norman, M., (2000) Cephalopods- A World Guide, ConchBooks, Germany (Hackenheim)

Lu,C.C., & T.N.Stranks (1991) Eledone Palari, A new species of octopus (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) from Australia, Bulletin of Marine Science, 49(1-2): 73-87.
 


Allison Runck
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