New octo coming - ID from advance photos requested

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  1. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I have my own guess but perhaps I am seeing something because I want to. I think this is one of two species but would like others to look at the pictures.

    Kara said "his/her eyes turned beat red right before it inked ... (kinda creepy):roll:


    Odd texture


    It inked while Kara was photographing


    This is the photo that I THINK provides an answer :fingerscrossed:
     

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    Hmmm, interesting. Those arms seem a little too long of Vulgaris but he has those tell tale skunk stripes. As for briareus I don't see that tell tell briareus shimmery spots....

    Vulgiareus? LOL
     
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    I'm putting all of my money on vulgaris.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    The arm length is what keeps me from making a call from the photos but those eyes with the rounded mantle sure do look Vulgaris. Maybe another Penn? Big concern is inking so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
     
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    Could it just be that it has juvenile ratios?
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    The only octos I have observed and noted (O. briareus) maintained adult proprotions very early (I would have to look up my notes but I am thinking somewhere around a month old).
     
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    My final guess on this one (miles away from my first photo only guess) is Octopus joubini. After playing with Little Bit and reviewing the photos it occurred to me tonight that this might be the case and I returned to the article I save in the biology forum and found the orange color reference I thought I remembered:

    This was their main description comparing O.mercatoris (Octopus sp X) with joubini:

     

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