Berrya keralensis [Status Unaccepted]   Oommen,  1966 (Octopus)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order:Octopoda
Family:Octopodidae

Description
Color: In preserved specimens the colour of the octopod is brownish red on the dorsal side with paler colouration on the ventral side. There are papillae on the mantle and they are surrounded by a circle of very minute reddish brown chromatophores.

The body is short and stumpy and the posterior region is rounded. The head is somewhat narrower than the body and is demarcated from it by a slight constriction. Eyes with small external openings. The mantle is characteristically soft, loose and semi-gelatinous and has fine reticulations with minute papillae. There are two distinct tubercles over the eyes. Smaller tubercles are present all over the dorsal surface of the mantle which is very distinct in males. The mantle opening is very much reduced and is as broad as only the base of the funnel. The funnel is stout and compressed; it is fused with the head except for the extreme end portion near the opening. Arms are very short, stout and tapering. The web between the arms is very wide except between the ventral arms where it is somewhat shallow. The fleshy suckers are arranged in two alternating rows but for the base where the first three suckers are in a single row. On preservation the suckers appear to be not globular in shape. Males do not possess any specially enlarged suckers.


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• Andaman Sea INDIA
• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Silas, EG; Sarvesan, R and Rao, KS (1985) Octopod resources Cephalopod bionomics, fisheries and resources of the exclusive economic zone of India Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 37 137-139 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7028/1/Bulletin_No_37.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Silas, EG; Sarvesan, R; Rao, KS; Nair, KP and Meiyappan, MM (1985) Identity of common species of cephalopods of India Cephalopod bionomics, fisheries and resources of the exclusive economic zone of India Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 37 13-37 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7028/1/Bulletin_No_37.pdf
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf

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