Description and phylogenetic relationships of a new genus of octopus, Sasakiopus (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae), from the Bering Sea, with a redescription of Sasakiopus salebrosus (Sasaki, 1920)

Jorgensen, Elaina M., Strugnell, Jan M., and Allcock, A. Louise (2010) Description and phylogenetic relationships of a new genus of octopus, Sasakiopus (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae), from the Bering Sea, with a redescription of Sasakiopus salebrosus (Sasaki, 1920). Journal of Molluscan Studies, 76 (1). pp. 57-66.

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Abstract

A new genus of octopus, Sasakiopus, is erected for the species S. salebrosus (Sasaki, 1920) n. comb. Sasakiopus salebrosus is redescribed from the holotype and from new material recently collected in the eastern Bering Sea. Molecular phylogenetic analysis of one nuclear and three mitochondrial genes revealed that the new genus is the sister taxon of a clade containing the genera Benthoctopus and Vulcanoctopus. The clade containing Sasakiopus, Benthoctopus and Vulcanoctopus is the sister group of Enteroctopus. The genus Bathypolypus falls outside this clade. Sasakiopus differs from Bathypolypus and Enteroctopus by the shape of its ligula (simple in Sasakiopus and Benthoctopus, laminate in Bathypolypus and elongate in Enteroctopus), from Enteroctopus by the absence of enlarged suckers in mature male animals and from Benthoctopus by its skin sculpture and ability to ink.

Item ID: 46363
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-3766
Funders: Lloyd’s Tercentenary Fellowship (LTF), Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), Systematics Association
Projects and Grants: NERC AFI NE/C506321/1
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 07:45
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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