Polar Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 883–893

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

  • A. L. Allcock
  • J. M. Strugnell
  • P. Prodöhl
  • U. Piatkowski
  • M. Vecchione
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Systematics Pareledonefelix Octopodidae Molecular phylogeny Antarctic Peninsula 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Allcock
    • 1
  • J. M. Strugnell
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Prodöhl
    • 1
  • U. Piatkowski
    • 3
  • M. Vecchione
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.British Antarctic SurveyNatural Environmental Research CouncilCambridgeUK
  3. 3.FB Marine ÖkologieLeibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften, IFM-GEOMARKielGermany
  4. 4.NMFS National Systematics LaboratoryNational Museum of Natural HistoryWashingtonUSA

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