Octopus (Muusoctopus johnsonianus? or new species) from Gulf of Mexico
This one is a Muusoctopus (the new name for Benthoctopus). It is not Muusoctopus januarii and certainly not Pteroctopus tetracirrhus. It might be a Muusoctopus johnsonianus but they are usually paler that this with more distinct reverse countershading. I suspect that there are undescribed species in the Gulf of Mexico and this may be one. Octopus with 2 rows of suckers on each arm and 8 arms. This narrows it down a bit. It is a female as no reproductive arm (hectocotylus) is visible on the third right arm. An old reference on the recorded deep-water octopus from the GoM (Voss, 1956) seems out of date compared to modern knowledge.
|Title:||Octopus (Muusoctopus johnsonianus? or new species) from Gulf of Mexico|
|Identification:||Vecchione, Mike and Jones, Daniel|
|Date:||04 March 2008|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca (Molluscs) > Class Cephalopoda (Octopus & Squids) > Octopoda (Octopus) > Octopodidae (Octopus)|
|Site:||Atlantic > Gulf of Mexico > Gulf of Mexico|
|Latitude:||27 deg 20' 00" N|
|Longitude:||88 deg 12' 00" W|
|Countries:||USA > USA: Gulf of Mexico|
|ROV:||Triton XLS 11|
|Deposited By:||Dr Daniel Jones|
|Deposited On:||06 August 2013|
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