Octopus kapalae, sp. nov.: A New Species of Octopus from South-eastern Australia

D Rex Mitchell, A Reid

Abstract


Octopus kapalae, sp. nov. is described from preserved specimens housed in the Australian Museum, Sydney. The species is found on the edge of the continental shelf off south-eastern Australia, at depths between 176 m and 503 m. The possession of large eggs suggests the young hatch as miniature adults and do not disperse widely. The species may be endemic to the region.

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