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Free Content Benthoctopus Oregonae, a New Species of Octopod (Mollusca; Cephalopoda) from the Southern Caribbean with a Redescription of Benthoctopus Januarii (Hoyle, 1885)

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Benthoctopus januarii (Hoyle, 1885) is redescribed from 11 new specimens from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. A new sympatric species, Benthoctopus oregonae, is described based on seven specimens from the southern Caribbean. The new species differs from B. januarii in possessing a smaller hectocotylus and penis, deeper web, more robust brachial crown, reverse counter shading, simple intestine, and a crop bearing an anterior diverticulum. Its relation to other known species of the genus is discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1981

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