Fertility of Indo-Pacific Octopus kagoshimensis (Cephalopoda, Octopodidae) males and females in the eastern Mediterranean Sea

Salman A., Laptikhovsky V. , KATAGAN T.

ZOOLOGICHESKY ZHURNAL, vol.84, no.2, pp.269-271, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 84 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Title of Journal : ZOOLOGICHESKY ZHURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.269-271


Octopus kagoshimensis Ortmann 1888 is a recent Lessepian migrant from the Red Sea into the Mediterranean. Males produce at least six giant spermatophores (94.4-161.8%). Female fecundity is 3000-7000 small eggs, the development of which in the ovary is asynchronous. The largest measured yolk oocyte in a follicle was of 4 mm. This species appears to show an intermittent spawning as another small octopus with small eggs, O. chierchiae (Rodaniche 1984).