What is so unusual in this photo?

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  1. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Every once in a while, a rare shot comes along. I thought I would share this one that I took a while back. The species is obvious as is what the animals are doing.

    Roy
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Trying to discern the tangle, it appears that the male is upside down with respect to the female where most other pictures show the male grasping the mantle from the dorsal side keeping the eyes in the same orientation as the female. However, I have only actually seen one mating. The female mercatoris was in her den and the male simply blocked it with his body and successfully mated from outside the den.
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    The male is mounted in the normal position on top of and behind the female. Look closer.

    Roy
     
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    skywindsurfer Architeuthis Registered

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    Its two different species correct? The lesser and greater blue ringed I want to say.
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Nope! Both the male and female are H. lunuata. During insertion males are always lighter. Look at the finer detail.

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    skywindsurfer Architeuthis Registered

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    Are there three animals there?
     
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    skywindsurfer Architeuthis Registered

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    I got it! He stuck his hectocotylus into his own mantle.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Is it something about the photo that is special (like actually seeing that little spemataphore thread in the channel?) or something about the octopuses?
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Yep. You don't see many photos of spermatophores traveling down the spermatophoral grove.

    Roy
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Thanks for sharing that, very interesting.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    That's a photo in a million!
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorry,
    I admired the photographic catch right away but am so used to you taking phenomenal photos I was looking for it to show something unusual about the octopuses :oops:

    What is that thing that looks like an eye though (upside down to the female's eye). Is there a third octopus in the photo or is it just an octopus "rock" (rock disguising itself as an octopus :grin:)?

    I am going to come knocking for some advice on mating in about 4 months I think ...
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Brilliant shot Roy!!!!
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    I wondered about that! Super cool :cool:
     

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