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Eledone cirrhosa
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Eledonidae
Leach, 1817
Genus: Eledone
(Leach, 1817)[1]
Type species
Octopus cirrhosus

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Eledone is a genus of octopuses forming the only genus in the family Eledonidae.[2] It is mainly distributed in the northern and southern Atlantic Ocean, with one species, E. palari, described from the southwestern Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean in waters around Indonesia and Australia and another, E. microsicya, from the western Indian Ocean. One species, E. thysanophora, is now regarded as a synonym of the brush-tipped octopus (Eledone schultzei).[3]


The following species are currently classified as being in the genus Eledone:[1][4]

The species listed above with an asterisk (*) are questionable and need further study to determine if they are valid species or synonyms.


  1. ^ a b c J. Finn; S. Gofas (2016). "Eledone Leach, 1817". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ Ibáñez, Christian M.; Fenwick, Mark; Ritchie, Peter A.; Carrasco, Sergio A.; Pardo-Gandarillas, M. Cecilia (2020). "Systematics and Phylogenetic Relationships of New Zealand Benthic Octopuses (Cephalopoda: Octopodoidea)". Frontiers in Marine Science. 7. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00182. ISSN 2296-7745.
  3. ^ "African Register of Marine Species (AfReMaS) - Eledone thysanophora Voss, 1962".
  4. ^ "Eledone Leach, 1817". ITIS. Retrieved 2 April 2017.

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