Cirrothauma murrayi

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Cirrothauma murrayi
A drawing of C. murrayi that shows its mantle, arms, and swimming fins.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Cirroteuthidae
Genus: Cirrothauma
Species: C. murrayi
Binomial name
Cirrothauma murrayi
Chun, 1911

Cirrothauma murrayi is a nearly blind octopus whose eyes can sense light, but not form images. It has been found worldwide, usually 1,500 to 4,500 metres (4,900 to 14,800 ft) beneath the ocean's surface.[2] Like other cirrates, it has an internal shell, muscular fins for swimming, and a web connecting the arms.[3]

The species was first caught by an expedition led by Sir John Murray in 1910,[4] and it was later named in honor of Murray. It was described by German marine biologist Carl Chun in 1911.[2]


  1. ^ Lyons, G; Allcock, L (2014). "Cirrothauma murrayi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T163011A963624. 
  2. ^ a b Vecchione, Michael; Young, Richard. "Cirrothauma murrayi". Tree of Life Web Project. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Mangold, Katharina; Vecchione, Michael; Young, Richard. "Cirrata". Tree of Life Web Project. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  4. ^ Aldred, Nixon & Young 1983, p. 4.