Is my octo sick?

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  1. dsharfin

    dsharfin Larval Mass Registered

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    How can I tell if my octopus is sick?
     
  2. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Doesn't eat, twisting arms, autophagy, loss of skin texture, dull colors, fever, catches prey and releases in uneaten, etc.

    Roy
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    O.K., just checking to see how carefully people read this stuff!

    Roy
     
  4. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    :lol:

    Not that I'm laughing at your sick octo, just at Roy's inserting "fever" into his otherwise-accurate info.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    :lol::lol:
     
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    How high a fever? :razz:
     
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    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Is his forehead clammy?
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    :smile: You'd be surprised at how closely we read your posts!

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  9. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I certainly did a double take and started laughing out loud! Then I started to allow the thought to go into query mode. Are octopuses warm-blooded (in which case it there would be a possibilty of fever or elevated temperature with infection - not that it would be possible to check it for the home aquarist - but the extended thought was interesting). When I posed the question before I think Monty mentioned that we are unaware of a temperature regulating component so it is assumed not.
     
  10. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    To my knowledge, octopuses are poikilothermic.

    Roy
     
  11. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Always the educator

    For others of less than a stellar biology vocabulary:

    Poikilotherm - The term is used as a more exact description of the vernacular "cold-blooded".

    ... and I was just getting close to remembering and spelling crepsecular :razz:

    My additional discovery for the day for anyone who is not yet aware of accellerators in version 8 of IE (don't know about FireFox):

    There is a very nice new feature that allows a quick definition popup (you have choices for the supplier) when a word is highlighted. I am still investigating other uses but, unfortunately, a similar spell check for text boxes (places where you enter text is not yet part of the new feature.
     

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