Amon, Diva J, Ziegler, Amanda F, Drazen, Jeffrey C, Grischenko, Andrei V, Leitner, Astrid B, Lindsay, Dhugal J, Voight, Janet R, Wicksten, Mary K, Young, Craig M & Smith, Craig R, 2017, Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Ctenophora, Mollusca, Biodiversity Data Journal 5, pp. 14598-14598: 14598

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cf. Muusoctopus morphospecies 


Type status: Other material. Occurrence: recordedBy: Diva J. Amon, Amanda F. Ziegler; individualCount: 1; behavior: On seafloor; occurrenceStatus: present; preparations: Imaged only; Taxon: taxonConceptID: cf. Muusoctopus morphospecies; scientificName: Muusoctopus sp.; kingdom: Animalia; phylum: Mollusca; class: Cephalopoda; order: Octopoda; family: Enteroctopodidae; genus: Muusoctopus; taxonRank: genus; scientificNameAuthorship: Gleadall, 2004; Location: waterBody: Pacific Ocean; stateProvince: Clarion-Clipperton Zone; locality: UK Seabed Resources Ltd exploration contract area (UK-1) ; verbatimLocality: UK-1 Stratum B; maximumDepthInMeters: 4225; locationRemarks: RV Thompson Cruise TN319; decimalLatitude: 12.5788; decimalLongitude: -116.6873; geodeticDatum: WGS84; coordinateUncertaintyInMeters: 25; Identification: identifiedBy: Janet Voight, Diva J. Amon, Amanda F. Ziegler; dateIdentified: 2015; identificationReferences: Voight, Janet R. "Observations of deep-sea octopodid behavior from undersea vehicles." American Malacological Bulletin 24.1 (2008): 43-50.; identificationRemarks: Identified only from imagery; identificationQualifier: cf.; Event: samplingProtocol: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle; eventDate: 2015-03-09; eventTime: 3:50; habitat: Abyssal polymetallic-nodule field; fieldNumber: Dive 6 (AV06); Record Level: language: en; institutionCode: UHM; datasetName: ABYSSLINE; basisOfRecord: HumanObservationGoogleMaps 


Finless, benthic octopod with two rows of arm suckers, head narrower than mantle, arms coiled aborally when still, extended into sediment when walking. Swimming is propelled by mantle jets, not by fins. Ventrum often darker than dorsum, but not necessarily.

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