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Bolitaena pygmaea is a small, lower mesopelagic to bathypelagic octopus. It is very similar in appearance to Japetella as small subadults but is distinguished primarily by the smaller eyes that are set on longer optic stalks.

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A bolitaenid ...

  • with a ligula on the hectocotylus.
  • with small eyes on long optic stalks.


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