|Southern red octopus|
Size and description
E. megalocyathus is a relatively large octopus, though not as large as some other giant octopuses, with an average mass of around 4 kg, a mantle length of 22.5 cm, and in excess of 1 m in total length. E. megalocyathus, like other octopuses in the genus Enteroctopus, has longitudinal folds and grooves on the body and large, paddle-like papillae.
Like most octopuses, E. megalocyathus is a choice meal for many predators larger than it. E. megalocyathus has been shown to be a major dietary component of beaked skates (Dipturus chilensis), spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), and the South American sea lion (Otaria ﬂavescens).
RangeSouth America along the coasts of Argentina and Chile up to the Chiloé Archipelago, and the Falkland Islands.
- Enteroctopus megalocyathusCephBase:
- Hochberg, F.G. (1998). Enteroctopus. In: Taxonomic atlas of the benthic fauna of the Santa Maria Basin and the Western Santa Barbara Channel. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California. p. 203.
- E. megalocyathusImages of , many of which show the longitudinal folds of the body and paddle-like papillae that characterize this genus.