the OTHER octo at LFS

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  1. sedna

    sedna Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter Registered

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    They are holding this little guy for me, too. This one they said is from the Carribean, it's very tiny, you can get an idea from the finger in one shot. It is holding itself to the bottom of the critter keeper and the rock on top of itself at the same time. They said they haven't seen it out in the open at all, it's only been there a few days and the kid on staff didn't know if it had eaten, yet. The big question for me is, is there a way to tell if it is a merc or a joubini?
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Joubini, although a common octopus, are uncommonly found. Most likely because they are a deeper water octo than the mercatoris (30feet vs 5-20 feet). There is not a lot of identifying qualities in the photos but the behavior and positioning and what appears to be arm to mantle ratio would suggest mercatoris.
     

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