O. chierchiae babies (LPSO) (timeline)

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Richard Ross (Thales) welcomes discussion on this article in the Exotics and Rare Species forum.

Octopus chierchiae is a small rarely seen octopus from Panama/Nicaragua. I was able to obtain 3 animals, 2 male and 1 female, and was able to mate them and have had a successful brood and hatching detailed below.
4/20/08 Mated female and Male #1
5/20/08 Eggs discovered. They may have been laid earlier, and were only discovered when trying to remove the female from her barnacle den to mate again. Upon discovery of eggs , she was immediately place back into her cube. Before and after egg discovery, the barnacle den was often oriented with the opening towards the sand, and she would hold it in that position.
5/20/08-
6/14/08
Female was fed freshly killed 'shore' shrimp every 3-6 days through out brooding
6/15/08 The female was lured out of her barnacle den with a 'shore' shrimp held in tweezers. She was very briefly completely out of her den with only one arm tip holding the barnacle and I was able to glimpse what looked to be very developed eggs before she went back in the den. The glimpse was brief, so I have no idea how many eggs there were.
6/16/08 Fed the female a dead 'shore' shrimp
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Thales
Richard currently works as an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, maintaining many exhibits including the 212,000 gallon Phipipine Coral Reef. He has kept saltwater animals for over 25 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail, wholesale and has consulted for a coral farm/fish collecting station in the South Pacific. Richard enjoys all aspects of the aquarium hobby and is a regular author for trade publications, a frequent speaker at aquarium conferences and was a founder of one of the largest and most progressive reef clubs in Northern California, Bay Area Reefers. He is an avid underwater videographer and has been fortunate to scuba dive all over the world. At home he maintains a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 gallon cephalopod breeding system, and was one of the first people to close the life cycle of Sepia bandensis. When not doing all that stuff, he enjoys spending time with his patient wife, his incredible daughter and their menagerie of animals, both wet and dry.

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