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Free Content A Multispecies Aggregation of Cirrate Octopods Trawled from North of the Bahamas

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Two cruises in the western North Atlantic collected 38 trawl samples between the Bahamas and New England. Of the 22 cirrate octopods taken in these samples, 17 came from the area north of the Bahamas. Pooled catch rate (specimens per hour of bottom trawling time) was significantly higher north of the Bahamas than in any other area sampled. Although the taxonomy of these gelatinous benthopelagic cephalopods is not yet settled, morphological characters from these specimens indicate that this aggregation includes at least four species. Only one species (Cirrothauma murrayi) was widely distributed in these samples.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1987

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