Original Paper

Polar Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 883-893

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A new species of Pareledone (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) from Antarctic Peninsula Waters

  • A. L. AllcockAffiliated withSchool of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
  • , J. M. StrugnellAffiliated withSchool of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University BelfastBritish Antarctic Survey, Natural Environmental Research Council
  • , P. ProdöhlAffiliated withSchool of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
  • , U. PiatkowskiAffiliated withFB Marine Ökologie, Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften, IFM-GEOMAR Email author 
  • , M. VecchioneAffiliated withNMFS National Systematics Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History

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During recent cruises aboard RV Polarstern in the Antarctic Peninsula region, a new species of benthic octopodid was discovered whose generic affinities based on morphological characteristics were uncertain. Molecular sequence analysis of six mitochondrial and nuclear genes allows this species to be placed with confidence within the genus Pareledone. The species is described herein and morphological diagnostic characters are provided for its identification.


Systematics Pareledone felix Octopodidae Molecular phylogeny Antarctic Peninsula