Ocythoe tuberculata   Rafinesque, 1814

football octopod
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Cephalopoda | Octopoda | Ocythoidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Pelagic; depth range 1 - 200 m (Ref. 110525).  Subtropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Subtropical to temperate.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 6.9 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96968); 96 cm TL (female)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Female mantle length is 3.1 cm. Male mantle length is 3.0 cm (Ref. 96968). Ocythoe are reported to be edible. Female Ocythoe typically occupy near-surface waters, having been encountered in the upper 10 m and captured in plankton hauls and on hook and line. While male Ocythoe have been collected in pelagic tows at the sea surface, they are not restricted to surface waters, having been collected in closing nets at 100 to 200 m. Species are reported to feed on pteropod and heteropod molluscs, sardines, and crustaceans (Ref. 96968). Members of the class Cephalopoda are gonochoric. Male and female adults usually die shortly after spawning and brooding, respectively. Mating behavior: Males perform various displays to attract potential females for copulation. During copulation, male grasp the female and inserts the hectocotylus into the female's mantle cavity where fertilization usually occurs. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic stage and live for some time before they grow larger and take up a benthic existence as adults (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Cephalopoda are gonochoric. Male and female adults usually die shortly after spawning and brooding, respectively. Mating behavior: Males perform various displays to attract potential females for copulation. During copulation, male grasp the female and inserts the hectocotylus into the female's mantle cavity where fertilization usually occurs. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic stage and live for some time before they grow larger and take up a benthic existence as adults.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Cardoso, F. and C. Paredes. 1998. (Ref. 1979)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest
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Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown