Octopus californicus

Alternate names: California bigeye octopus

Author: Berry, 1911


Size: Body to 14 cm, arms to 30 cm.

General: Muscular, tan-orange, large eyes (which look orange on video), deep webs (making the arms appear short compared to O. rubescens), raised patches/papillae may be seen over body and arms.

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): Gulf of Alaska to Baja Califonia, and possibly Sea of Japan, Russia.

Published depth range: 100 - 900 m

Habitat description: Benthic.

Additional Information


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Norman, M (2000). Cephalopods, A World Guide. Conchbooks, Hackenheim, Germany. 318 pp.

Citation: Octopus californicus (Berry, 1911) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Octopus%20californicus. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-12-05.
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