General: Long arms, elongate body, large fins. C. murrayi often has heavier pigmentation around the arms and lighter pigmentation on head and mantle, particularly near the eyes. The critical factor, however, are the extremely small eyes. Even though some other cirroteuthids and stauroteuthids have small eyes, those of C. murrayi are distinctly smaller and they don't have lenses.
Habitat description: Demersal.
Ocean range (global): Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans.
Published depth range: 2430 - 4846 m
Consulting taxonomist: Richard E. Young, Professor of Oceanography, University of Oceanography.
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
Tree of Life
World Register of Marine Species
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Collins, M.A. and R. Villanueva (2006). Taxonomy, Ecology and Behaviour of the Cirrate Octopods. In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, edited by R. N. Gibson, R. J. A. Atkinson, and J. D. M. Gordon. Taylor & Francis Group,New York, 277-322.
Citation: Cirrothauma murrayi (Chun, 1911) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Cirrothauma%20murrayi. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2023-12-10.