JUST GOT A NEW OCTOPUS that was collected in the keys(Not by me)

John Reichard

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JUST GOT A NEW OCTOPUS that was collected in the keys(Not by me)
here are the pics i think its a Caribbean reef octopus.
and will he eat a tridacna clam if i put him in a reef tank with no fish?
 

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wow! good luck with this! I trust you'll get some experienced support here soon.
 

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No idea, unfortunately. That third pic with the curled arms and spots showing may be the best one to ID it from.
 

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Definitely not O.briareus (Common Caribbean). It is most likely O. mercatoris (suggested in the picture with the arms curled).

No clam is safe with an octopus. That being said, I am not sure about the size differential as a dwarf is not likely to be interested in large prey but I would not risk it. He/she is not likely to be able to pry the shell apart but is likely to harass it. Additionally, it may get an arm caught in the shell as this anecdotally has occurred in the past.
 

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