Taxa Associated with the Subfamily Amphitretinae Hoyle, 1885

Michael J. Sweeney and Richard E. Young
(data as of June 2002)

Nominal Genus-Level Taxa

Amphitretus Hoyle, 1885a:271.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid genus [fide Robson (1932:335)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Amphitretus pelagicus Hoyle, 1885 by monotypy

Idioctopus Taki, 1962:397.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Amphitretus ? [fide Hochberg et al. (1992:221)]
TYPE SPECIES. -- Idioctopus gracilipes Taki, 1962 by monotypy


Nominal Species-Level Taxa (As Introduced Binomial)

Idioctopus gracilipes Taki, 1962:397.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Amphitretus pelagicus ? [fide Hochberg, et al. (1992:221)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- Unresolved; YTKC? Holotype
TYPE LOCALITY. -- Off Choshi, Japan

Amphitretus pelagicus Hoyle, 1885b:235.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species [fide Norman (2000:187)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- BMNH Holotype 1890.1.24.5 [fide Lipinski et al. (2000:112)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- 29°55'S, 178°14'W, off Kermadec Islands

Amphitretus thielei Robson, 1930:383, figs 11-13, pl 3.

CURRENT SYSTEMATIC STATUS. -- Valid species [fide O’Shea (1999:83)]
TYPE REPOSITORY. -- BMNH Holotype 1993013 [fide Lipinski et al. (2000:113)]
TYPE LOCALITY. -- 34°13'S, 15°49'E, coast of South Africa [fide Lipinski et al. (2000:113)]

Type Repositories

BMNH-The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England (formerly British Museum (Natural History)). [For type catalog see Lipinski et al. (2000)]

YTKC-Private collection of the late Dr. Iwao Taki stored at the home of Dr. Yoshio Taki, Kyoto City, Japan. [fide T. Okutani, pers. comm.].


Hochberg, F. G., M. Nixon and R. B. Toll. 1992. Order Octopoda Leach, 1818. In: Sweeney, M. J., C. F. E. Roper, K. M. Mangold, M. R. Clarke and S. v. Boletzky (eds.) "Larval" and juvenile cephalopods: A manual for their identification. Smithson. Contr. Zool., 513:1-282.

Hoyle, W.E. 1885a. Narrative of the Challenger Expedition. Report on the Scientific results of the voyage of the H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76, Narrative, 1(1):269-274, 4 figures.

Hoyle, W.E. 1885b. Diagnosis of new species of Cephalopoda collected during the cruise of H.M.S. "Challenger" - I. The Octopoda. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (series 5)15:222-236.

Hoyle, W.E. 1886. Report on the Cephalopoda. Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76, Zoology, 16(44):1-245, 33 plates.

Lipinski, M.R., F.A. Naggs, and M.A. Roeleveld. 2000. Catalogue of types of Recent cephalopods in the collection of the Natural History Museum, London. Annales Zoologici (Warszawa), 50(1):101-120.

Norman, M.D. 2000. Cephalopods, a world guide. ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany, 320 pages.

O'Shea, S. 1999. The marine fauna of New Zealand: Octopoda (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, Wellington N.Z., Biodiversity Memoir, 112: 280 pages, 156 figures.

Robson, G.C. 1930. Cephalopoda, I. Octopoda. Discovery Report, 2:371-401, 18 figures, 2 plates.

Robson, G.C. 1932. A Monograph of the Recent Cephalopoda. Part II. The Octopoda. 359 pages, 79 figures, 6 plates. London: British Museum.

Taki, I. 1962. On species newly added to the fauna of Japanese Cephalopoda. Dobutsu-Gaku Zasshi [Zoological Magazine Tokyo], 71(11-12):397-398. [In Japanese]

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