ID Octopus Picture?

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  1. stadtfam

    stadtfam Larval Mass Registered

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    Can anyone identify this octopus?

    The picture is by Dr. Roy Caldwell and from TonmoCon 4
     

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  2. CaptFish

    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Wow what an awesome pic, I love his work.

    I can guess at what it is, but it would be just that, a guess, however, I'm sure Roy is poking around on here somewhere, I'll send him a message to be sure he sees this post.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    As an aside, thanks again for coming to TONMOCON IV! :cool::thumbsup:
     
  5. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    D. is correct. This animal was the subject of several days shooting. It was found in coral rubble that I collected at 30 m on the north shore of Moorea. It was taken to my lab in Berkeley where I photographed it. I must say it was the more remarkable octopus I have ever photographed. As for the species, I originally identified it as Abdopus abaculas. However, Crissy Huffard described a similar species from Tonga as Octopus gorgonas. A. abaculas is usually found shallow, O. gorgonas deeper, so we now believe that this is A. gorgoas. In the original description, it was in the genus Octopus, but it probably should be moved to Abdopus. Here are a couple of other shots of it - same animal.

    Roy
     

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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :notworth: Stunning
     
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    stadtfam Larval Mass Registered

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    Thank you for identifying this beautiful octopus. I love the picture and am having it framed.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Thanks Roy and stadtfam - great thread - tweeted!
     
  9. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I forgot about the reindeer octo photo :grin: of this little guy

     

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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    So did I.

    Roy
     
  11. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    ... but were you TRYING to? :grin:
     

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