CUTTLE EGG PROBLEM

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  1. B_Thompson

    B_Thompson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    k, slight problem, there's clear/translucent gel-looking stuff coming out of one of the eggs, any ideas?
     
  2. skywindsurfer

    skywindsurfer Architeuthis Registered

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    Can you post any pictures?
     
  3. B_Thompson

    B_Thompson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Ok, well not now, i'm thinking the cuttle might have hatched? if so, he's in my main tank setup now.....................
     
  4. skywindsurfer

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    Well if it looks like a solid white mass oozing out, then it's probably not hatched. I've seen that happen before where the egg never really developed properly and goes through a kind of "abortion" process.
     
  5. B_Thompson

    B_Thompson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Well damn....Well at least i still have 2 left! I'll keep you all updated on the others.
     
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    snowmaker Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    I have had a few eggs with undeveloped embryos and they fit that description.
     
  7. rryyddeerr

    rryyddeerr Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    ditto. they make great omelets.
     
  8. skywindsurfer

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    Does anyone know why the eggs abort?
     
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    It could have been an unfertilized egg or the embryo died for some reason. Remember in the ocean, the mortality rate is high, which is the reason that animals have so many babies. If every female S. bandenis laid 200+ eggs and each one survived, the ocean would be teeming with cuttlefish (wouldn't that be fun :grin:).
     
  10. snowmaker

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    Not sure, but the ones I have seen looked like little mutants maybe partially mal-developed... some lumpy, some with eye spots and without. Looked at through a 20x jewelers loupe and most didn't even resemble a cuttlefish.
     
  11. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    snowmaker, were they far enough along to know they were malformed or could the mutant observations be just because they were under developed?
     
  12. B_Thompson

    B_Thompson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Well after careful decision, I decided to break put the scalpel and dissect the egg, to find literally nothing but translucent ooze inside.
     
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    sounds like it wasnt a viable egg.
     
  14. snowmaker

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    Some looked like under developed cuttlefish, and some didn't even resemble one.
     

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