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Octopus briareus   Robson, 1929

Caribbean reef octopus

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Cephalopoda | Octopoda | Octopodidae | Octopodinae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 20 m (Ref. 83938).  Tropical; 28°N - 4°S, 87°W - 40°W (Ref. 275)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Atlantic: southeast USA, southeast Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Caribbean island chain and northern South America.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 100.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 275); common length : 40.0 cm ML male/unsexed; (Ref. 3722); max. published weight: 1.5 kg (Ref. 275)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum total length is 60 cm in warmer parts of its distributional range (Ref. 275). This is a benthic species found in coral reefs, seagrass, rubble, and sandy bottoms in intertidal and subtidal areas (Ref. 83938). 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

Roper, C.F.E., M.J. Sweeney and C.E. Nauen. 1984. (Ref. 275)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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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

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.6 - 28.2, mean 27.5 (based on 444 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
High vulnerability (60 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Low