Telescope octopus

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Telescope octopus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Amphitretidae
Genus: Amphitretus
A. pelagicus
Binomial name
Amphitretus pelagicus
Hoyle, 1885[2]

The telescope octopus (Amphitretus pelagicus) is a species of pelagic octopus found in tropical and subtropical regions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

It is transparent, almost colorless, and has 8 arms.

It is the only octopus to have tubular eyes, hence the reason it is commonly referred to as telescope octopus.


  1. ^ Allcock, L. (2014). "Amphitretus pelagicus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T162899A950548. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T162899A950548.en. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Amphitretus pelagicus Hoyle, 1885". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 3 February 2017.