[Octopus]: Clyde - O. bocki (?)

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I got him from the LFS and they called it a pacific brown octopus.
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I think maybe an O. Bocki because of the eyes, but I'm not 100%.
I put him in the tank and he went straight dark black, to blending in with my rock REALLY well in a split second. Then he inked and turned bright red and slithered into a hole. Little attitude with this one. LOL




 

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The more I looke at these pictures and the journals I'm starting to wonder if it's a O. Mercatoris..
 

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Because our little guys are shape shifters and color changers, pictures of single/few instances in time definitely make it difficult to guess many of the species that have no uniquely defining characteristics. A big clue would be to ask your LFS where the animal originated. If it buys from wholesalers that import mostly from Indonesia, then a merc is not viable and O. bocki more likely. If, however, this octopus is from the Caribbean/Gulf then O. mercatoris would almost be assured.
 

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Because our little guys are shape shifters and color changers, pictures of single/few instances in time definitely make it difficult to guess many of the species that have no uniquely defining characteristics. A big clue would be to ask your LFS where the animal originated. If it buys from wholesalers that import mostly from Indonesia, then a merc is not viable and O. bocki more likely. If, however, this octopus is from the Caribbean/Gulf then O. mercatoris would almost be assured.

They have no idea. Sigh.

I'll try and get more pictures if he comes out. (I think it's a he.) last night it didn't really come out and explore so I couldn't grab a picture. He is eating though. If something crosses his hole it's swiped in. Lol
 

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What I've noticed is he's brownish red most of the time, and has whitish spots that look like a texture if that makes sense. In the picture above he's upset and the texture on his mantal is matching color mostly. His mantal seems longer than my last dwarf, which I think was a bocki, and the arms are even longer than the mantal.

He's out tonight but up in the corner so I still can't get a good picture lol
 

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Clyde unscrewed a lid to a contact jar last night. I was completely shocked and have a camera set up tonight to hopefully catch him doing it! I even put a shrimp inside of it.


His name is Clyde because day two of bringing him home he did a drive by on his entire cleaning crew in the tank. He either ate them... or killed it. Lol
 

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Well, My camera died last night and he didn't even bother with the jar last night as far as I can tell. However, I did manage to get a good picture of him. This rock is his den, he has cleaned out several areas around it to where he just slips right under it, or drags a crab under it and then throws his left overs out for me to clean up.

It was cool watching him make the den when he first was introduced to the tank. You could see him blowing the sand or wafting it out from under the rock.

 

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great pic. Sounds like your having fun. I know its hard not to know the exact species. Keep the pics coming. Could you tell me how tall that rock is. Looks like a merc but a little bigger then most of the mercs I have had. Unless the rock is smaller then it looks in the pic. I mean from the pic an arm looks 8" long.
 

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great pic. Sounds like your having fun. I know its hard not to know the exact species. Keep the pics coming. Could you tell me how tall that rock is. Looks like a merc but a little bigger then most of the mercs I have had. Unless the rock is smaller then it looks in the pic. I mean from the pic an arm looks 8" long.

It is killing me to not know exactly what he is. He's not out right now, but here is the rock he was on last night. I held a quarter up to help show. He has super long legs compared to my Bocki i had last I know that for sure. His mental stretches out pretty long to when he's jetting. I'll try to get more pictures tonight when he wakes up.

 

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