What is a octopus hatchling called!

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Lmecher, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2
    We call them babies, hatchings and the ever so cute inklets. Is there a proper name?
    I really need to know :hmm:
    Thanks
     
  2. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,462
    Likes Received:
    7
    :lol: I went looking and was surprised by the amount of responses! When I typed in "what is an octopus baby called" I got 3,350,000 results! And the common belief is that they are first called octopus larva and then hatchlings lol so I dont think we are far from the mark. I still prefer inklets :grin:
     
  3. SueAndHerZoo

    SueAndHerZoo Wonderpus Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Messages:
    191
    Likes Received:
    10
    Doesn't much matter what we call them.... they don't come when called anyway!

    (Sorry, couldn't resist) :wink:
     
  4. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2
    Sabrina, I agree, inklet is too cute.

    and Sue....:lol::lol::lol: you know this from experience? :wink:
     
  5. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,462
    Likes Received:
    7
    :lol: We ALL know this from experience though not all are inklets :grin:.
     
  6. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2


    You lost me...:bonk:
     
  7. robyn

    robyn Vampyroteuthis Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2007
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    48
    I think early hatchling cephalopods are called paralarvae, particularly if they are planktonic. I assume this is because they are not, strictly speaking, 'larvae' because they hatch with adult morphology and never go through metamorphosis, so perhaps paralarvae was coined to get around that. Someone else might have a better idea of whether paralarvae is the general term for all ceph hatchlings or whether it is specific to certain species, though.
     
  8. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    2,996
    Likes Received:
    69
    From http://journals.cambridge.org/downl...16a.pdf&code=66c632205a956f31a52396b9fb4b0cce

    while

    http://www.mendeley.com/research/biology-of-the-planktonic-stages-of-benthic-octopuses/

    I have always wondered what to call the hatchings of large egged octos, paralarvae seems not right. Cool topic.
     
  9. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,077
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    The second reference is what I have thought to be the definition of paralarve but I had no clue for the benthic born (and the two species I have seen hatch actually sort of swim/hop about in the upper area of the tank for the first week before they settle). I noted that the O.briareus attained adult arm to mantle ratio very early but not quite at hatching. The O.briareus are, however, born with what appears to be a full complement of suckers along the arms but I did not note any observations on the mercs :oops:
     
  10. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Messages:
    658
    Likes Received:
    137
    Large egged, demersal hatchlings are called "hatchlings". At least that is the terminology adopted by many authors who have described large egged species. It is also used by Hanlon and Messenger.

    Roy
     

Share This Page