Octopus Wolfi (star sucker octopus) Wülker, 1913

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  1. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    See octosquid.io for photos and video

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    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    For those who were unsure of the reasoning for the common name (I didn't quite get it at first), take a look at the suckers in this picture. Makes more sense! :)

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    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    Also this is my FAVORITE picture! Imagine it with a top hat and cane... tap- dancing...
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    @GPO87, I started to use that one too. Octosquid.io has other great photos and some video on Facebook and I need to follow. Very positive about my request to post (acutally, post, notify and obtain permission :grin:)
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    We find Octopus wolfi in Moorea, Indonesia and Australia living in rubble near the reef crest. It is fairly common to a depth of 2-3 m, but is found deeper. Only adult males have the stellate suckers. During mating the male mounts the female as happens in some other pygmy octopuses such as blue-rings and Octopus chierchiae. The first image below is a female, the second a male. "Mating" here is between two males.

    Roy

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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    great thread, put it up on FB... :thumbsup:

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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Roy, how did you achieve that wonderful gray-green background in two of the photos? I assume these are tank photos.

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