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octopus filosus - the bumble bee two-spot octopus

GOrmCu

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hi all i'm looking for specific information on this octo. like life span, nocturnal, day time, food preference, etc.. so any help would be greatly appretiated. thanks! :mrgreen:
 

Colin

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Octopus filosus
Body to 7cm
Arms to 30cm
Distr. Caribean sea, Florida to Brazil
Common on reefs
Lays small eggs so planktonic young

About a year ago there wa discussion on CephList that the species had been revised or a revisal had been proposed but nothing else was heard on the subject. So far.

I beleive that one of the species i kept was O. filosus. As it had the ocelli and fits the description including the capture lcation well.

It was a very active, mostly diurnal species that was keen to feed from hands and explore surroundings. I kept it at 1.026 and 78deg F.

Would not eat snails and even hermits were ignored so therefore i had regular visits to the beach to collect live crabs for this octo. Shrimps were not easily taken at all. So i think feeding will need to be carefully considerd.

Lifespan I'd GUESS at a total of 10months tho, i never had the octo from hatching.

Being planktonic means the larvae would be difficult to raise.

Lastly, why filosus? have you seen them for sale?

Cheers
C
 

GOrmCu

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Thanks for the info. :notworth: But no I haven't seen them for sale. When I have a strong gut feeling on a particular animal I have very good luck with it, on the flip side if I ignore that feeling the animal and me both suffer (more of an emotional suffering for me) so I try my hardest to go with that intuition ,or whatever, and have much better chances with whatever animal I acquire. Fortunately there is a place that sells feeder crabs since I'm landlocked.

Thank You much,
:jester:
 

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