Coconut Octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, on display at Steinhart Aquarium
by, Jun 01, '11 at 1:21pm (7257 Views)
As far as we can tell, on June 1st the Steinhart Aquarium became the first aquarium to display Amphioctopus marginatus, the Coconut Octopus or Veined Octopus. This small robust octopus has gotten a lot of attention over the past few yeas first as one of the documented octopuses capable of bipedal locomotion http://www.sciencemag.org/content/307/5717/1927.full and as an octopus possibly capable of tool use http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/pu.../2011/jan/20/1.
The animal on display was collected by Steinhart Biologists in Anilao, Philippines, as part of the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition http://www.calacademy.org/blogs/expedition/?p=800, just a week before going on display.
Needless to say, I am very excited to have the opportunity not only to have seen these animals in the wild, but also to be able to work with them in captivity. So much so that I am posting the above video shot on my iphone. In the video you can see the octopus flashing colors, a bit of a limb that is re growing, hunting and catching a ghost shrimp, and returning to its glass jar den.
If anyone has any information about these animals being displayed previously, please comment below.