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Giant Pacific Octopus
Enteroctopus dolfeini.jpg
E. dofleini observed off Point Piños, California, at a depth of 65m
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Octopodidae
Genus: Enteroctopus
Species: E. dofleini
The Giant Pacific Octopus, or North Pacific Giant Octopus, is a very large cephalopod in the genus Enteroctopus. It lives in the coastal North Pacific, usually at a depth of around 65m (215 ft). It can, however, live in much shallower or deeper waters. It is arguably the largest octopus species, based on a scientific record of a 71kg (156-lb) individual weighed live.[1] The alternative record is the seven-arm octopus, based on a 61kg (134lb) carcass estimated to have a live mass of 75kg (165lb).[2] However, several more questionable size records suggest that E. dofleini is the largest of all octopus species by a considerable margin.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cosgrove, J.A. 1987. Aspects of the Natural History of Octopus dofleini, the Giant Pacific Octopus. M.Sc. Thesis. Department of Biology, University of Victoria (Canada), 101 pp.
  2. O'Shea, S. 2002. Haliphron atlanticus — a giant gelatinous octopus. Biodiversity Update 5: 1.
  3. Norman, M. 2000. Cephalopods: A World Guide. Hackenheim, ConchBooks, p. 214.

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