difference between vulgaris and well all the other large ones.

Discussion in 'ID Requests' started by Bob the kracken, May 5, 2007.

  1. Bob the kracken

    Bob the kracken Wonderpus Registered

    Mar 30, 2007
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    this thread has been posted out of curiosity and confusion. I know how to tell a bimaculoides from a bimaculatus. and a merc would stick out like a sore tentacle in a crowd of joubinis, but the one spiecies that has me stumped is vulgaris and well... everything else. octopus aculatus (forgive me if i messed that name up) is especially confusing.

    also, what is the difference between a mimic and a wonderpus?
  2. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

    Mar 8, 2004
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    Mucktopus has a page describing how to tell wunderpus vs mimic: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~chuffard/index_files/WunderMimic.htm

    I'm haven't seen enough pics of vulgaris to consistently recognize them, but aculeatus often has a lot of textured papillae that look like seaweed, and has a more oblong mantle than most other octo species. I'm not sure any of those are "diagnostic," though, probably Mucktopus and Roy have a lot more specific things to say, since they've studied aculeatus extensively.

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