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Octo Hitchhikers - help please :)

Vanessa Madeira

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Hi everyone, I'm a new octo freak around these parts, and I come with a request.
Can you please provide/point me to pictures of any octopod getting a lift, either on jellyfishes or salps?
Oh, and Blanket Octopuses with stolen Portuguese Man O' War tentacles are also very very welcome!
Super thanks in advance :)
Cheers
 

DWhatley

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That is a tall order. There are a few photos/videos running around the net of octos attaching to humans and porpoises (most likely to avoid being eaten) but I don't recall images of them "riding" animals for transportation. Jellyfish are not considered part of their normal fare and I have my doubts about the latest image suggesting the use of borrowed stinging tentacles used as weapons or defense tools.
 

tonmo

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Hi Vanessa

A very good starting point is Tolweb.org. They have images, summaries of behaviours and references to follow up on.
http://tolweb.org/Argonautidae/20204
http://tolweb.org/Tremoctopodidae/20202
http://tolweb.org/Ocythoidae/20205

I think the relationship for Argonauta and Tremoctopus spp. has been known for a surprisingly long time though still hasn't been fully investigated. Much less is known about Ocythoe and salps.

Beyond TolWeb, this popped up on twitter a couple weeks ago. The species in it aren't identified but the image is really high quality.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com...-of-a-portuguese-man-o-war-to-use-as-weapons/

If I may ask, what are you working on? I've just started a project looking at these taxa as well and couldn't believe the coincidence. Good luck and keep us posted here.

Cheers
 

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