ID for Octopus from eBay

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  1. RennyRen

    RennyRen Larval Mass Registered

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    So in between struggling to get my cuttle eggs to thrive, I just bought an octopus off eBay... I know the pictures aren't so good, but here's what the seller provided to me

    They said they were caught 10 miles from shore in the Gulf just west of Tarpon Springs, FL.

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  2. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Caribbean dwarf Octopus mercatoris. Nocturnal and not very active but I enjoyed keeping them for years and often have one in a small tank. This is a large egg species and if it is female and has mated it is possible to raise a few of the hatchlings (5 seems to be a good bet). Do a search for mercatoris in titles on the Journals forum and you should find numerous stories. We have not seen them much in the last few years but it appears they are making a come back and are starting to repopulate (possibly from an extreme cold spell in 2010). The newest journal is for Megamind, a hitchhiker caught in the Dominican Republic. Please consider journaling your new addition.
     
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    Exciting! Hopefully this little guy makes it then... I will never have an animal shipped USPS express again :\ Supposed to be delivered yesterday, but now he's out for delivery today when I'm not home, and they aren't answering their phone
     

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