Octopus Care

Photos of octopuses in saltwater aquariums

O. Chierchiae

Mating in Octopus chierchiae

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oc and eggs

Lesser pacific striped octopus and about to hatch eggs at the Secret Home Lab. The tube is about the size of a US quarter.

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Octopus chierchiae hatchling

Octopus chierchiae less than a month old, and a big ol' amphipod waiting to be dinner

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21 May 2016

Wunderpus portrait

Large female Wunderpus watching the world go by.

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28 Jan 2014

octo 2

another shot using flash at a 30 degree delayed flash.

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05 Jul 2012

octo 1

photogenic octo!

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Abdopus Sp.? male insertion into female's mantle

Mating in Abdopus species usually occurs with the male remaining at a distance from the female and inserting his hectocotylized 3rd righ arm into the female's mantle cavity. Insertion can last for hours and might best be viewed as a form of mate-guarding.

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05 Mar 2012

Wunderpus female brooding eggs

This is the result of the mating in the previous photo. The female carries her eggs in her web. She is hiding in the back of the aquarium, so I had to use smoke and mirrors to get a shot of the eggs - hence the less than perfect focus. Roy

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14 Jun 2011

Wunderpus mating

The male, smaller than the female, is mounted on the left. As is typical, he is lighter colored than the female. ROy

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13 Jun 2011

Male Abdopus (sp.5) aggressive display

In the middle of an intense fight between two males, the dominant one flashed this display. Note the dark color and horns erect. (No octopus were hurt making this photo.) Roy

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01 Jun 2011

Who am I?

Here I am enjoying my first grass shrimp. Hint: I'm from tropical waters. Roy

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24 May 2011

Hapalochlaena lunulata female guarding cavity

We are used to seeing photos of blue-ringed octopus displaying their aposomatic coloration - bright blue rings. However, when females guard their brooding cavity they turn off this warning coloration. This female uses her arms to block the entrance and peers out with one eye through a hole created at the base of two arms.Note that the blue rings are greatly reduced. Just the blue eye line is not reduced. The eye line is a species specific marking.

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15 Mar 2011

Hapalochlaena lunulata aggressive display

When two H. lunualta males encounter one another, the usual first interaction is for one to mount the other. Once the "mistake" is discovered, the pair break apart and show some aggression towards one another. Usually the large male is dominant and frequently gives this display with the mantle elongated and elevated, the rings blue and filled with brown. Roy

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Recent Comments

  1. DWhatley
    Has he shown a preference for the beak to beak encounter or does that appear to be the preference of the female? Also, does the Larger Pacific ALWAYS mate beak to beak?
  2. Neogonodactylus
    Fortunately, this male has survived 4 matings and is still intact.
  3. DWhatley
    Oh WOW! I assume no predation followed. Will we see a paper on this anytime soon?
  4. tonmo
    amazing shot as usual
  5. Casey cason
    Might have got a little OOC with octos

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