Polar Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 883–893 | Cite as

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

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


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 Pareledonefelix Octopodidae Molecular phylogeny Antarctic Peninsula 



We would like to thank the Alfred Wegener Institute for extensive sea time aboard RV Polarstern. Many thanks to Iain Barratt for information on egg counts in Adelieledone and P. turqueti. JS is supported by a Natural Environment Research Council Antarctic Funding Initiative grant (NE/C506321/1) awarded to LA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Allcock
    • 1
  • J. M. Strugnell
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Prodöhl
    • 1
  • U. Piatkowski
    • 3
    Email author
  • 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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