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Molluscs of Tasmania

Ocythoidae: Ocythoe tuberculata Rafinesque, 1814 (‘football octopus’)

Synonym(s): tuberculata Rafinesque, 1814.
Typical mantle-length 250 mm. Lives in offshore waters in midwater. Native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA); also widespread elsewhere. In Tasmanian waters, this species has been recorded as beak(s) recovered from the guts of beached whale(s).


Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Order: Octopoda
Superfamily: Incirrata
Family: Ocythoidae
Genus: Ocythoe

Localities for Ocythoe tuberculata
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