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Octopus, Cuttlefish, Squid, the Class Cephalopoda,  Octopodes: Part 4

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Bob Fenner

 

Octopus vulgaris Cuvier 1797, Common Octopus. Worldwide in tropical seas. Have a dark ring around each sucker.  Most commonly occurred octopus species out during the day. One in Cancun, Mexico, another in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 

Thaumoctopus mimicus Norman & Hockberg 2005. The Mimic Octopus. Celebrated, though not as much as the Wonderpus (another Octopus sp.) for its still and active posturings pretending to be a Mantis, Lionfish... to avoid predation, sneak up on food organisms... N. Sulawesi

I'm a flatfish I'm a lionfish What am I?
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Wunderpus photogenicus Hochberg, Normal & Finn 2006. Here is the "king of mimic octopi" the Wonderpus... able to mimic many marine creatures in a very short while... changing its repertoire if others "don't work".  Here in the muck in shallow water near KBR. 

As a Mantis Shrimp As a Seasnake
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Hairy Octopus sp. U1. Another of a few more unidentified species (to me, science it seems...) Bali 2014. About 5 cm./2" in length.

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