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Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Octopus kaurna Stranks, 1990

Southern Sand Octopus

  • Octopus kaurna Stranks, T.N. 1990. Three new species of Octopus (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) from south-eastern Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 50(2): 457-465 [460].
    Type data:
     Holotype NMV F24494 adult (34.0 mm), Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip Bay, VIC [37°52'S 144°56'E].
    Paratype(s) NMV F52317 , adults (51.0 mm); SAM D13283 , subadult (31.3 mm); SAM D16195 , adult (60.9 mm); NMV F53226 , adult (38.6 mm); NMV F53228 (42.2 mm).




South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37)

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: benthic, inshore, predator.

Juvenile: benthic, inshore.

Inshore, predator.


General References

Lu, C.C. 2001. Cephalopoda. pp. 129-308 in Wells, A. & Houston, W.W.K. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 17.2 Mollusca: Aplacophora, Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Cephalopoda. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, Australia xii 353 pp. [Date published 3 July 2001] (Australian specimens earlier misidentified as O. microphthalmus Goodrich, 1896, name listed by Robson, G.C. 1929. A Monograph of the Recent Cephalopoda. Pt 1 The Octopodinae. London : British Museum (Natural History) 236 pp. 7 pls. and Lu, C.C. & Phillips, J.U. 1985. An annotated checklist of Cephalopoda from Australian waters. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Victoria 2: 21–36)


Common Name References

Norman, M.D. & Reid, A.L. 2000. A Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopus of Australasia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing 96 pp. [66] (Southern Sand Octopus)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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