New Aculeatus(?) Journal - Octopus Prime!

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yea looks like A. Aculeatus to me. No theyre not a dwarf species, so you dont have to worry about that. They are very interesting octopuses with great texture and color changes, so even if it is not a bimac like you wanted you should still feel very lucky that you got A. Aculeatus.:biggrin2:
 

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yeah! i have been checking out the other threads on A.Aculeatus. Octopus Prime really fits the bill! it looks just like him/her in the pics from other threads, so I think i agree. A.Aculeatus it is! an occasionally bipedal (?), diurnal (?), very playful little octopus. I'm very happy with it :)

I am now just trying to discern the gender. i havent noticed whether there are any enlarged suckers but i will look out for them tomorrow. the front-most arms are definitely shorter than the rear and there seemed to be a ridge along the arm that stuck out to me a couple times. i'm not sure what else to look for, but am relatively content to call it a "he" like the famous robotic namesake

can anyone show me how to change the thread name (or change it for me)? earlier today i thought this guy was a bimac. I'd like to keep positing to this journal without decieving people! :)
 

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I'm not sure if non-moderators are allowed to do it... I'll change "bimac" to "aculeatus(?)" for now, let me know if there's something you'd like better...

edit: done.
 

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not tank raised

Mikewise;109564 said:
The packing invoice just says "tank bred octopus: west america." whereas the order said "Bimaculoides."
This is seriously false advertising to claim it's tank bred. I know people that would not consider buying a wild-caught animal, which is what they shipped (looks like you got a nice healthy aculeatus). Be sure to write them and blow the whistle.
 

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Aculeatus is not a dwarf species but it is a small species... the mantle length is 6cm... Lucky is large and has a mantle about 3 inches..... if you look at lucky's pics then you can DEFINATELY see the large suckers you can look for... Lucky was very cool indeed... i now don't know after rigby if i want an aculeatus or birarus....

can aculeatus be tank raised... or are they a small egg species... if they can then Mikewise if your little kid is a girl and broods viable eggs and they survive.... I am first in line for one ... :) :wink: :P ... gezz that is a lot of if's.... lol
 
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SandV;109603 said:
Aculeatus is not a dwarf species but it is a small species... the mantle length is 6cm... Lucky is large and has a mantle about 3 inches..... if you look at lucky's pics then you can DEFINATELY see the large suckers you can look for... Lucky was very cool indeed... i now don't know after rigby if i want an aculeatus or birarus....

can aculeatus be tank raised... or are they a small egg species... if they can then Mikewise if your little kid is a girl and broods viable eggs and they survive.... I am first in line for one ... :) :wink: :P ... gezz that is a lot of if's.... lol
Nope, small babies. I've posted a thread somewhere around here with a link to another thread with pics of the babies.
 

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cool! thanks to everyone for the information. I havent found any conclusive answers on the diurnal/nocturnal question yet, but time will tell. It was active all day yesterday, and seemed to be active last night. today it has slept all day.

Still havent determined whether there are enlarged suckers. I will reference the pictures from the "needs rescuing" thread to try and figure it out next time OP is active!
 

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All is going well with Octopus Prime. I am beginning to think it is female as i haven't observed any of the enlarged suckers that are apparent in Aculeatus pictures in other threads.S/he has been building a den in the caves on the left side of the tank. it is really fascinating to watch how s/he wedges rocks into place and sculpts the sand so it's just right around the entrance. OP has been eating mainly small pieces of thawed raw shrimp from the supermarket, but seems to be getting bored of it; s/he often will push it away if not interested. There are also hermit crabs and snails in the tank to snack on in the meantime, but in 5 days s/he has only eaten one of the 5 crabs that scavenge the rockwork. I have a lot of fiddler crabs coming from theaquaculturestore.com that should be arriving soon.

Here are some more photos shot today:

Observing from his/her favorite outpost, on top of the Den:


and a few shots of exploring the tank. Note lack of enlarged suckers (?)






nibbling on a piece of shrimp:




The curly-q legs reminded me of people mentioning "corkscrew" behavior associated with malities, but i am imagining that looks somewhat different (?). OP has been fairly active, explorative, and accepting of food so I am not too concerned about senescence.

I also noticed that one of his/her front legs is significantly shorter than the corresponding other front leg, by an inch or so.
 

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