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Benthoctopus levis.jpg
Muusoctopus levis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Enteroctopodidae
Genus: Muusoctopus
Gleadall, 2004[1]
Type species
Octopus januarii
Hoyle, 1885

Vulcanoctopus González & Guerra, 1998

Muusoctopus is a cosmopolitan genus of deep-sea octopuses from the family Enteroctopodidae. These are small to medium-sized octopuses which lack an ink sac.[2] Recent work has suggested that these octopuses originated in the North Atlantic and subsequently moved into the North Pacific while the species in the Southern Hemisphere are descended from multiple invasions from northern oceans.[3]


These species are currently classified as members of the genus Muusoctopus:[1]


  1. ^ a b Philippe Bouchet (2015). "Muusoctopus Gleadall, 2004". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ Gleadall IG; Guerrero-Kommritz J; Hochberg FG; Laptikhovsky VV. (2010). "The inkless octopuses (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) of the southwest Atlantic". Zoological Science. 27 (^): 528–53. doi:10.2108/zsj.27.528. PMID 20528161. Abstract.
  3. ^ Christian M. Ibáñez; María C. Pardo-Gandarillas; Fabiola Peña; et al. (2016). "Phylogeny and biogeography of Muusoctopus (Cephalopoda: Enteroctopodidae)". Zoologica Scripta. 45 (5): 494–503. doi:10.1111/zsc.12171. Abstract.