Callistoctopus furvus (Gould, 1852)

Sand octopus



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status




Western Atlantic Ocean (incl. Brazil)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Gould, A. A. (1852). Mollusca and Shells, in United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842 Under the Command of Charles Wilkes. Boston, MA: Gould & Lincoln, 475-476.


Other references:

Baraniuk, Chris. (8 April, 2021). Found, Then Lost, Then Found Again: Scientists Have Rediscovered the Sand Octopus. [Accessed 27 May 2021]

Jesus MD, Sales JBL, Martins RS, Ready JS, Costa TAS, Ablett JD and Schiavetti A. (2021). Traditional Knowledge Aids Description When Resolving the Taxonomic Status of Unsettled Species Using Classical and Molecular Taxonomy: The Case of the Shallow-Water Octopus Callistoctopus furvus (Gould, 1852) From the Western Atlantic Ocean. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:595244. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.595244


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