Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandAll British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionEastern Atlantic: northeast Atlantic, Iceland and Mediterranean Sea.
HabitatFound on rocky coasts, lower shore, sublittoral.
- Mantle ovoid, broad.
- Skin covered with very fine, closely-set granulations, interspersed with larger warts.
- Head narrower than body, one cirrus over each eye.
- Arms moderately short, suckers uniserial.
- A low, pale coloured ridge encircles the lateral periphery of the mantle.
- Colour - living animal yellowish or reddish orange to reddish brown dorsally with diffuse rust-brown patches, white on ventral surface.
Additional informationAlso commonly known as the lesser octopus or horned octopus. Spelling can also be Eledone cirrosa.
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Last Updated: 17/04/2008