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Benthoctopus sp. and clam on the Davidson Seamount at 1,461 m depth
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Octopodidae
Subfamily: Bathypolypodinae
Genus: Benthoctopus
Grimpe, 1921

Around 25, see text.

Benthoctopus is a genus of octopuses comprising around 25 species. It is thus the most species-rich genus of the deep-sea subfamily Bathypolypodinae. They seem to occur worldwide, and most specimens have been brought up from depths of 200-3,000 m.[1]


Unidentified Benthoctopus species and orange-stalked crinoid on the Davidson Seamount at 2,422 m depth
Benthoctopus sp. on DSV Alvin's port manipulator arm

New species are being described at a rate of approximately 1–2 per year on average.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ibáñez et al. (2006)
  2. ^ Michael Vecchione; Louise Allcock; Uwe Piatkowski; Jan Strugnell (2009). "Benthoctopus rigbyae, n. sp., a new species of cephalopod (Octopoda; Incirrata) from near the Antarctic Peninsula". Malacologia. 15 (1): 13–28. doi:10.4002/040.051.0102. 


  • Ibáñez, Christian M.; Sepúlveda, Roger D. & Chong, Javier (2006): A new species of Benthoctopus Grimpe, 1921 (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) from the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 119(3): 355–364. DOI: 10.2988/0006-324X(2006)119[355:ANSOBG]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract

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