Eledone schultzei

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Brush-tipped octopus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Suborder: Incirrina
Family: Octopodidae
Subfamily: Octopodinae
Genus: Eledone
Species: E. schultzei
Binomial name
Eledone schultzei
(Hoyle, 1910)
Synonyms

Aphrodoctopus carlgreni
Aphrodoctopus nigra
Aphrodoctopus schultzei
Eledone carlgreni
Eledone thysanophora

Eledone schultzei, the brush-tipped octopus, is a rare species of octopus.[1] It has previously been known by other taxonomic names (synonyms) including Eledone thysanophora and Aphrodoctopus schultzei.[2]

Distribution[edit]

It is found off the South African coast from Saldanha Bay to Table Bay in less than 10m of water.

Description[edit]

The brush-tipped octopus has a round body with eight arms and no shell. Its arms have one row of suckers.

Ecology[edit]

Its habits are mostly unknown, but it feeds on small crustaceans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Branch, G.M. Griffiths, C.L. Branch, M.L. Beckley, L.E. 2000 Two Oceans: A guide to the marine life of southern Africa. ISBN 0-86486-250-4
  2. ^ http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=534522