Small mesopelagic octopus (Bolitaena pygmaea)

Small mesopelagic octopus (Bolitaena pygmaea)

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Caption: This small mesopelagic octopus, Bolitaena pygmaea, was trawled from between 1,200 and 1,000 meters depth, Gulf of Mexico, 2016. Females of this species have a glowing ring around their mouths to help attract mates in the dark. Image courtesy of the DEEPEND project.

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Keywords: animal, bathypelagic, bolitaena, bolitaena pygmaea, bolitaenidae, cephalopod, cephalopoda, deep sea, deep water species, fauna, gulf of mexico, invertebrate, mesopelagic, midwater, mollusc, mollusca, nekton, oceanic species, octopoda, octopus, pelagic, pelagos, wildlife, zooplankton

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