Looking for help IDing this little Octopus

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  1. simonspear

    simonspear Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi all

    I'm looking for help IDing this octopus. Below are a couple of frame grabs from some video filmed at Seraya, Tulamben, Bali.

    He was very, very small - quite a bit smaller than the nail on my little finger.

    Possible suggestions so far have been hairy or algae. I've filmed hairy before and he looks similar to me (untrained eye), but I've never seen one this small before so any additional input would be really appreciated. Many thanks!

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    @Neogonodactylus , @mucktopus Any guesses? Interesting looking possible false eyespot on the mantle - not where we are used to seeing them.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Also being discussed on our FB page and the Octopus Army group page.

    The Hairy Octopus was ruled out ("hairs" not long enough and changing patterns); abdopus was also suggested.
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Looks a bit like Octopus gorgonus described from Tonga. I have never seen it alive myself, examined many dead specimens and the color pattern and papillae are pretty distinct. It appears to be found in Tonga, Moorea, West Papua, and Bali. Nice shot, and happy diving in Tulamben! A favorite spot for sure!
     
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