Lesser Octopus (Eledone Moschata)
Latin name: Eledone moschata
Common name: Lesser octopus
Also known as: Musky octopus
In other languages: E: Pulpo almizclado, F: Eledone musquae, D: Moschuskrake
Distribution: A benthic species found in coastal waters throughout the Mediterranean with the exception of the Black Sea.
Life Span: 15 to 24 months.
Habitat: Waters from 15 metres down to 90 metres.
Shape: Single row of suckers; fleshy mantel between each leg giving an overall webbed look to the tentacles.
Size: Common: 40 - 75cm, maximum: 90cm.
Protected under Gibraltar's Nature Protection Ordinance