Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    · palari
    Genus
    · Eledone
    Family
    Octopodidae
    Order
    Octopoda
    Subclass
    Coleoidea
    Class
    Cephalopoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
  • Size Range
    Males mature at 30mm mantle length and females at 60mm mantle length.

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

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.

Habitat

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

Distribution

Indonesian and Australian waters.

Other behaviours and adaptations

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

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.