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Brooding Thaumoctopus?

jhemdal

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All,

Does anyone know if mimic octopus, (Thaumoctopus mimicus) are known to be maternal egg brooders? Our female is carrying a few strings of eggs (~150 eggs) at the base of her arms. It does not seem that she is doing so for lack of a place to deposit them - more like she intends to carry them around with her. Neat trick - she fed today. I can't imagine how she managed to manipulate the food past the eggs without dropping one or the other.
Since we've had her alone since 12/06, these eggs are probably infertile.

Thanks,

Jay Hemdal

I'm going to double post over in the husbandry area as well.
 

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