Hectocotylus of O. dolflieni

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  1. pipsquek

    pipsquek Wonderpus Supporter

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    Does anyone know where I might find pictures, or even good drawings of the hectocotylized arm of a Giant Pacific? I've been looking for a long time, in lots of places(aquariums, Cephbase, Google searches, with no luck. It's very important to me for the sculpture I am working on. I am close to finishing it, but I need to understand what this looks like before I can complete it.

    Thanks......
     
  2. joel_ang

    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    Octo's hectocotylus are supposed to have a small groove running down its arm to transfer sperm to the female, their arm also has no suckers at the tip.

    Anyone who can give a better description?
     
  3. Steve O'Shea

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    I'm search for an illustration of the thing later today - am just full on with a few things right now. I have illustrations of the New Zealand equivalent (Enteroctopus zealandicus) that I can scan and include, and there is a good one of E. magnificus in the original description; Sasaki might have a good illustration of a dofleinihectocotylus; by days end you'll have something to work with.
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  4. pipsquek

    pipsquek Wonderpus Supporter

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    Strange the way NZed keep popping up in my life...

    I will be so stoked if somebody comes through for me! Then I only have to figure out how to make the suction disks for the last 8 inches of every arm, minus one of course.

    Here's a pic of him as it is right now. I am just getting to the fun part of the interbrachial membrane. I knew this would be a difficult project, but I never thought it would take 4 years when I started it.

    Thanks a ton...

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    looks very impressive!!!
     
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    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    Wow :shock: How long have you been working on this?
     
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    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    If you keep this up, I'm going to need a whole other apartment for art!

    :notworth:

    Melissa
     
  8. pipsquek

    pipsquek Wonderpus Supporter

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    I started it over four years ago. It spent a year in storage while I didn't have a workshop. It's been through a lot of changes, moved arms, broken arms, moved the eyes, enlarged the mantle, twice (and I think I need to do it again). Hopefully I will finish the fabrication in the next 2 monthsd, and then I have to spend a couple months learning some new patinas before I can color and finish coat it.
     

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