Category of Organisms Marine Molluscs
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Mollusca
Class Cephalopoda
Order Octopoda
Family Octopodidae
Genus Enteroctopus
Species dofleini
Binomial Name
Enteroctopus dofleini
Author Wulker, 1910
Common Name North Pacific giant octopus
Local Name  
Size Range
Body to 60 cm, arms to at least 2 m
Has a wide depth range from shallow coastal waters down to at least 1500 m
Endemic No
Found in Marine Park No
Found in Malaysia Yes
Members of the genus Enteroctopus all share large to very large size, skin sculptured in longitudinal raised creases, a long thin modified arm tip in mature males and production of very long sperm packages (spermatophores), up to 1 m long.
Typically emerge at night to feed on a wide range of prey, normally shellfish, crabs and lobsters. shell are drilled using the toothed toungue (radula) to penetrate the shell and poisen the occupant to gain entry. this species is a generalist predator and will also take a wide range of other prey.
In summer mature animals move into deeper waters to mate. the male passes a metre long sperm pakage to the female, inserting it within her long oviducts. In fall and winter the animals migrate back into shallow waters to spawn, females typically brooding their eggs in depths of less than 50 m.
females can produce up to 100000 eggs are laid in long strings typically attached to the roof of crevices. Egg development typically takes around 5-6 months. this species is collected in small to medium sized harvests as food and or bait, typically caught using pots or traps.

Status in IUCN Red List Unknown
Status in CITES Species Database Unknown
CEPHALOPODS A WORLDS GUIDE by Mark Norman, published by Die Deutsche Bibliothek. 2003 Page:214-215,235

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