octopus filosus - the bumble bee two-spot octopus

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  1. GOrmCu

    GOrmCu Pygmy Octopus Registered

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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:
     
  2. 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
     
  3. GOrmCu

    GOrmCu Pygmy Octopus Registered

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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:
     
  4. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    No prob


    Think that getting O filosus may take some time though, but good luck
     
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    thanks, I wouldn't doubt it.
     
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    GOrmCu Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    do these octos go after fish much and if so what sizes?
     

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