Overview

Brief Summary

Introduction

O. medusoides was described from two small individuals (juveniles). They seemed to have little or no pigment. Because of this and the shape of the body they were given the name medusoides. A redescription of this species is badly needed.

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Comprehensive Description

Characteristics

  1. Arms
    1. Two greatly enlarged suckers (suckers 19 and 20) at start of distal half of arms IV.
    2. Arms 4.5 cm in length

  2. Eyes
    1. Distance between eye openings - 27.5 mm.

  3. Pigmentation
    1. Aboral surfaces probably light-colored and transparent.
    2. Oral face of web brown, arms light.

Comments

O. medusoides differs from all members of the genus (where males are known) in having greatly enlarged distal field suckers only on arms IV. Very few characters were described in the original description.

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Distribution

Type locality: 6°39.1'S, 39°30.8'E, 400 m, near Dar es Salaam, western Indian Ocean.

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Ecology

Habitat

bathyal
  • UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms
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© WoRMS for SMEBD

Source: World Register of Marine Species

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