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Occurring on the Pacific coast of Central America, Octopus chierchiae inhabits cavities and snail shells. This mature female is only the size of a grape. O. chierchiae has the distinction of being one of very few octopuses that don't die after hatching a single clutch of eggs. A female O. chierchiae in my lab laid 8 clutches over the course of two years
We kept the female on short rations between clutches and mated her only a few times. This seems to really show down the reproductive cycle. When we feed high quality food (crabs) ad lib females live about a year. I think this partially explains the iteroparity. They live in an environment where prey access is highly variable. When prey are rare, they can shut down, but if they get a few good meals they can quickly cranck out a small clutch.