[FEATURED]: This is Pete

CHolland

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I got an octopus via my LFS just last week! I have been waiting to post about him until he was coming out of his den and could include some pictures and video. :smile:

This morning, he finally did! This is Pete. He was sold to me as a Vulgaris and, if he is, he is just a baby! His mantle is maybe a couple inches (at most). All I really know about him is that he was sourced from the Caribbean.

I've already observed some interesting behavior (which is shown in the pics). I must have startled him this morning because his reaction was to stock his mantle straight up and away back and forth. I think he was trying to look like algae. :-D

I am concerned he might not be a Vulgaris. I know there's a possibility he is a mature dwarf, but I'm hoping I won the lotto and got a baby Vulgaris. Perhaps someone could help me positively ID him?

Without further ado, here are some pictures!
 

tonmo

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Welcome Pete! He is cool. :cool2: He does look young, doesn't he? Not sure about vulgaris... someone here can help I am sure.

Looking forward to this journal! :thumbsup:
 

DWhatley

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Very young vulgaris can display red but the marbled mantle pattern, mantle shape and starburst around the eye have me thinking Pete is a nocturnal dwarf, O. mercatoris. However, the activity is unusual for both a very young animal and a merc and there appear to be papillae on the mantle that you would not find on O. mercatoris.
 

DWhatley

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papillae are the little things that help their skin change texture, correct?
Sorry, yes. At one time I kept a cephalopod definitions page but it failed to make one of the forum transitions. Merc skin displays very little change in texture or color (reddish brown and white). A TONMO media search for mercatoris finds a number of @Neogonodactylus ' excellent photos.

Off the top of my head, the only journalled images of a very young vulgaris are of LittleBit and it took me quite awhile to establish her species.
 

tonmo

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At one time I kept a cephalopod definitions page but it failed to make one of the forum transitions.
What! :eek2: Maybe I can find it...? PM me or let's take it to the Staff forum... sounds like a good one! :biggrin2:
 

Nancy

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A big welcome to Pete! Even if you can’t figure out which species he is, he’ll still be fun to keep! We’re looking forward to future posts and photos.

Nancy
 

CHolland

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Thanks for the reminder to update!

Honestly, there hasn't been much new. I see him more and more in the mornings when I wake up, but that's about it. I'm not sure if it's because he is nocturnal or still adjusting to his tank.

He IS eating. I keep the tank stocked with live shrimp and (if I need to) hermit crabs and they keep on disappearing! :smile:

I've managed to capture a couple more pictures which I'll attach here.

All and all, things seem well with him! Just not very active (yet!). :smile:
 

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DrPusSea

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Hi Pete! Jealous... All I got on the weekend was a triangle crab and some triple fins ;)
 

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