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Hadnt even noticed I'd done that Douglas, thankyou.
Have added in a pic of the 5 dead octopus gathered in Spring 2010 following a storm. Single rows of suckers are apparent on all 5 animals and I think they are all Eledone cirrhosa, the Curled Octopus.
Definitely Curled octopus. If you input Octopodidae into NBN gateway,(database of uk species) check "Taxonomic etc", check "+ lower taxa" it lists just 4 species, the above & Bathypolypus a. &Benthoctopus ergasticus (whatever they are, & Benth etc has been renamed a Bathypolypus, & I fd a text with a 2002 def'n of Bathypolypus icnldg "biserial suckers" (+ a picture made it clear)
I will have to get familiar with all 4 species Chris, at this stage I only seem to be encountering the curled octopus in my area. The common octopus I only recently discovered isnt recorded this far north but well recorded in the southern seas around Britain and Ireland. I had no idea.
I'll have to check the recorded distributions of these other 2 species,
Well, new to me also,& from the names probably deep sea, you might need a diving bell to see them.
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