Octopus identification help! PLEASE

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  1. Goodwin9

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    If it's from the Caribbean, it could definately be a Vulgaris. It doesn't look like Briareus at all. Both species are commonly around the Caribbean though.
     
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    :welcome: Goodwin9!

    It looks like you have a very colorful octo! Does it give off a blue-green sheen when you shine light on it, have false eye spots, act nocturnal, or have dark brown lines down the front of the first three arm pairs?

    Joey
     
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    I have attached a few photos that I took of my octopus in hopes that I can get an identfication. I had someone tell me it was a bimac. Hard for me to tell, so experienced people please help out.

    Thanks!
     

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    In the first pic, you can see the blue eye spot. So doesn't that mean he is a Bimac?
     
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    Yeah, he looks like a bimac to me.

    Joey
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I was examining the first pic displayed - your octo appears to have a false eyespot - does he really have one of these circles below each eye?

    Have a look at the first photo in the Bimac Care Sheet.
    http://www.tonmo.com/cephcare/BimacCareSheet.php
    Bimacs have false eyespots with unbroken chains, as shown.

    Very few bimacs are on the market now, but they were very common more than a year ago because they were being tank bred.

    Nancy
     
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    Nancy

    I took another look and couldn't see any spots, I looked through some of the other photos I had taken, and found this one on the opposit side from the first picture above. Would this be considered an eye? Certainly not as bright as in your picture, so what do you think?
     

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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    If it really is from the Caribbean then it could be Octopus filosus.
     
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    I don't think its Bimaculoides. It doesn't have the common coloration and eye-spot style a Bimaculoides has. It's very dark, textured and thick...and could be a different species. It just has to be a species native to the Caribbean.
     
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    Mucktopus I think you are correct this looks like a filosus, I think we are very special not many people in this forum have octopi like us, I moved from California where I had the pacific ocean and my Pacific Ocean Cephalopod tank. In that tank I had a Bimac.... I moved to Florida to Study Marine Biology and now I have my Caribbean/Atlantic/Gulf cephalopod tanks. I am in the Caribbean every weekend and I have seen many octopuses,any questions ask me I will post some pictures of mine, his name is Stanley..
     

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    looks just like my vulgaris
     
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    My filosus, is much smaller but very similar to my vulgaris, I tell them apart by, (Well most of the time they are in seperate tanks and other than my vulgaris is 3 times the size than my filosus), by their suckers, vulgaris usually dark on the edges, and the filosus has the eyespot. I supose it could be a vulgaris but im pretty sure its a filosus how big is your friend?. Mucktopus
     
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    oh my what i think is a vulgaris has almost blue suckers
     
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    Well, for the topic...Goodwin's octopus must definately be a Filosus. I guess with these species, their distinctive mainly for their smaller eyespots, and darker colored skin. They express a lot of texture too.
     

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