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Widespread ectoparasite living on arms and web of deep-sea octopuses in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. One of these octopuses, Graneledone sp., sampled at the sedimentladen vent field was described by JUNIPER et al. (1992). The parasitic tisbids are found on arms, head, and gills of the deepsea octopuses associated to soft substrates. The redescription of Cholidya polypi and the list of species parasitizing octopuses is given in HUMES & VOIGHT (1997). Number of free-living tisbids (including Tisbe sp. nov.) have been found in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (Lucky Strike) during in situ colonization experiments (Ivanenko et al., in preparation).

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