Opisthoteuthis philipiiRichard E. Young and Michael Vecchione
The holotype of O. philippi is a male (140 mm ML). This species was described from 3 octopods taken at depths of 275-365 m.
- Arms, web and suckers
- Arms subequal in length (formula: 1>2>3>4).
- Suckers 1-4 from mouth small, suckers 5-11 usually largest, suckers at distal ends of arms indistinguishable with unaided eyes.
- Suckers visible to unaided eye on arms of holotype 92 - 97.
- Cirri retractile into pockets.
- Web sectors subequal (formula: C>B>A>D>E).
- Web about 68-75% of arm length.
- Single web nodule present (33-35 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, 3-5 mm thick) on ventral side of each arm, projects from arm at base of sucker 24.
- Upper beak: Hood with slightly thickened anterior area; hood ("Rostral wings") with two ridges near upper margin (extend from thickened area to posterior edge of hood.
- Lower beak: Hood with slightly elevated and thickened anterior area
More details of the description of O. philipii can be found here.
O. philipii appears to be separable from other species, where beaks are known, by its distinctive beaks.
The type locality is: 09°32'N, 75°45'E Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean off southwest India, 275 m depth.
Oommen, V.P. 1976. A New Species of the Genus Opisthoteuthis Verrill, 1883 (Cephalopoda: Mollusca) from the Southwest Coast of India. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 18(2):368-374.
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