Polar Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 883–893

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


  • A. L. Allcock
    • School of Biological SciencesQueen’s University Belfast
  • J. M. Strugnell
    • School of Biological SciencesQueen’s University Belfast
    • British Antarctic SurveyNatural Environmental Research Council
  • P. Prodöhl
    • School of Biological SciencesQueen’s University Belfast
    • FB Marine ÖkologieLeibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften, IFM-GEOMAR
  • M. Vecchione
    • NMFS National Systematics LaboratoryNational Museum of Natural History
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-006-0248-9

Cite this article as:
Allcock, A.L., Strugnell, J.M., Prodöhl, P. et al. Polar Biol (2007) 30: 883. doi:10.1007/s00300-006-0248-9


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.


SystematicsPareledonefelixOctopodidaeMolecular phylogenyAntarctic Peninsula

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