I've kept four hummelincki. Both my males denned in the LR, both my females dug out sand and denned under the LR. Both my females were tiny, both my males about the size of this one (only one female was known to be from the Keys). Both my males trained to come to my hand for attention, neither female were inclined to contact. Unfortunately, both my females (along with numerous others, including some Roy acquired at the same time I bought Maya) started brooding within two weeks and hummelincki is a small egg species (neither of mine produced viable eggs, one of Roy's two had fertile ones but he never reported on success time with the hatchlings).
i may be wrong but it looked like when she first started to dig the third was there first but she used the 2nd one instead when the 3rd woulda made more sense...when edward was first introduced he did dig out the sand under the live rock..as for now he is usually up before me with the natural light coming in so i havent seen him den much..good luck keep us updated..
I know I already said but man this little one is AWESOME! She has been very active ever since the lights went out in the tank. She is cruising all over and free swimming a lot, She comes over and sit in front of me and dances then she swims to the other side of the tank and explores the rocks then two or three minutes later she comes flying back over and sit in front of me and repeats. I stuck my hand in the corner of the tank where I am sitting and she came right up to my hand and rubbed her mantle all over my hand just like a cat! I cant believe this octopus, she is hilarious. If you press your hand against the glass she leaps on it. SOOOOO fun!
I need a good name for her any suggestions? I am almost positive its a female, but then again I thought she was a Briareus at first,
Hopefully the over activity will stop (but not the human curiosity). As much as it is fun, constant movement, particularly if it is random, is a sign of senescence (hopefully this is just acclimation excitement). I don't remember mine being this spunky on introduction but check my journals for Octane and OhToo. If all goes well, she will settle down and sleep at night. Be sure she has a nice dark place. Octane would pace at night when we failed to realize his night light would be white (it could be set to a number of colors but would revert to white when we lost power). He was also unhappy with the adjourning dryer vibration so I stopped drying clothes at night. O.hummelincki is my overall favorite but I am fond of all the species I have kept.
She just took a piece of shrimp on a stick. I held it in front of her for awhile but I dont think she knew what to think of it, then I showly touched it to one o her exposed suckers and she sucked onto it but didn't try and accept it fully so I slowly twisted the feeding stick to remove it. Once the stick was out she took the piece into her web and is eating it. Possibly video to come, I'm not sure if I caught the action.
I hope your mom is watching and seeing how much fun you are having with your birthdays toys!
Sulley, something different about the underside? I keep thinking there are two versions of this animal. Somewhere, and I can't find the reference, I saw hummelincki(or possibly filosus) noted as dwarf and later removed from that classification. Since my larger animals have been male and the females tiny, I can't be sure if the difference is only in gender. However, one study I saw on hummelincki made specific mention of a puzzlingly large female that skewed the sizing numbers. Additionally, the small females showed very prominent eyespots but it took a while for Roy's last group of females to show them at all.
We had a little contact tonight. She was exploring the top of the tank and I put my hand a few inches in front of her where i knew she would run into it. She ran right into my hand paused a second felt around with one arm then realized it was me, and shot back to her den. Since then she has emerged and is watching TV with me. too fun
Yes her under side is almost always white with red. From a distance it looks like she is red on the underside but up close you cam tell she has a white belly with tons of tiny red spots. and her suckers are always either slightly red or purple.
I love her eye lids which seem to be constantly strobing between pink and white. i caught myself in a daze staring at them earlier today.
i was just reading about the different species and one site had it listed as white underside etc with no mention of the reddish peach..since we know this one came from the keys i was just trying to see if i could columbo a few pieces together...if you want to see some cool colors with the eyes capt put on atinic lights if you have them...any eye spots yet?
No eye spots yet, after looking back at other Hummelincki journals I am almost postive that is what she is, the eye spots are the only mark that I i have not seen yet.
Today she is a no show. I looked every where I could but I cant see her. I think she likely found a better den. The one sge made in the sand was right next to me and was not very hidden. I do see that some of Legg's old feeding sticks have been shuffled around in the back, but still out of reach.
Man what been up lately TONMO was down most of today today and last night? Who tripped over the power cord?!
She came out today around three took a shrimp on a stick from me, then caught two live ones and went back to her new den.
Then I was cleaning the glass and she rushed my mag flaot and dragged it back to her den, I still have got it back. I can't see it directly but I cant get a glimpse of it from it's reflection and she has it wedged in her den.