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Tremoctopus violaceus, a gelatinous octopus

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Tremoctopus violaceus
This gelatinous octopus lives in deep water (120-750 m) in the Mediterranean and of off both coasts of the North and South Atlantic Ocean. This species is not well known. The offspring have not been described but are thought to be planktonic based on egg size.

Excellent images of a related species are here.

References and Credits


Peter Wirtz supplied the photograph of this unusual cephalopod.


Sweeney, M.J., Roper, C.F.E., Mangold, K.M., Clarke, M.R., and Boletzky, S. v. 1992. 'Larval' and juvenile cephalopods: a manual for their identification. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology - No. 513.

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