Cephalopoda | Octopoda
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; depth range 30 - 120 m (Ref. 275). Tropical; 41°N - 24°S, 32°E - 143°E (Ref. 275)
Indo-West Pacific: from Mozambique to Red Sea and Japan.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 10.0 cm ML male/unsexed; (Ref. 275); max. published weight: 400.00 g (Ref. 275)
Maximum total length is 30 cm. Supports subsistence fisheries in East Africa (Ref. 3722). Found in sand and muddy sand areas. Inhabits holes and defends its turf. Solitary with crepuscular behavior (Ref. 101169).
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.
Roper, C.F.E., M.J. Sweeney and C.E. Nauen. 1984. (Ref. 275)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 18.2 - 28.3, mean 27 (based on 733 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100).