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Octopus insularis   Leite & Haimovici, 2008

Brazil 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: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 45 m (Ref. 96968).  Subtropical; 2°N - 9°S, 38°W - 29°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Southwest Atlantic: Brazil and Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Rocas Atoll, and St. Peter and St. Paul Archipelago.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 6.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 12.0 cm ML male/unsexed; (Ref. 96968); max. published weight: 1.3 kg (Ref. 96968)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Total length to 53 cm (Ref. 96968). Common in coastal Northeastern Brazil and its oceanic islands (Ref. 104094). Found on bedrock and gravel, regardless of the presence of algae (Ref. 96968). Also occurs on sand beds, rocky bottoms (Ref. 104094) and crevices on hard substrates (Ref. 104098).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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 (Ref. 833). Spawning occurs in deeper waters (Ref. 104886). 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).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Leite, T.S., M.  Haimovici, W.  Molina and K. Warnke. 2008. (Ref. 84317)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models