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found in the gulf

Lemcott

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the cute little dickens...
I'm in St. Pete florida, and I went to the beach last sunday. For some reason, seaweed was covering the beaches and was really dense in the shallow water to (not sure if that is important, but it's not uncommon for that to happen...). There was a family collecting shells in the shallows and when emptying them out, small brown octopuses would reveal themselves. I managed to snag one and get my sister to take a pic with her cell phone. All I know of the octopus is that it's small, brown with transperant/white in some places, found in the Gulf of Mexico/ Tampa bay, and isnt poisonous (lucky me, it bit me 3 times before i remembered there are poisonous octies besides the blue ring...sheesh)

like I said, it was taken with a cell phone so please excuse the low quality...



Im thinking about snagging one if i get the chance to go back soon. Theres nothing in my tank, and after looking through the guides, seems like I'm all set up to keep one.
 
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Cool octo. I wish I lived by the beach. Nothing except man made lakes in Oklahoma, water wise. Is that a dwarf octo? I had one in my 20g. But don't they only live for like 3 months?
 
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Charger21_SD;99404 said:
Cool octo. I wish I lived by the beach. Nothing except man made lakes in Oklahoma, water wise. Is that a dwarf octo? I had one in my 20g. But don't they only live for like 3 months?

If it is in fact a Mercatoris or maybe Joubini then 6-8 months. There's no telling exactly how old they are if they're wild caught.

I thought it was cool to find a crawdad when I was a kid. I can only imagine how fun it would be to go exploring on the beach.
 
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Ok, I don't know scientific names of all the octopus yet. Never heard of a Mercatoris, I've heard of a Joubini. Can you give common names? Thanks. :smile:
 
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Charger21_SD;99427 said:
Ok, I don't know scientific names of all the octopus yet. Never heard of a Mercatoris, I've heard of a Joubini. Can you give common names? Thanks. :smile:

That's funny, I don't know the common names of most of them. :biggrin2:

It seems most dwarf or pygmy octopuses are labeled just that.
 
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DrBatty

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sure looks like a dwarf.....Charger, you'll gert more familiar with the names the more you read. :smile:
When I started, I would just google every octopus species I read here that I hadn't heard of!
 
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Ok. I'll take that advice so I sound like I know a lot, LOL. Just learned a little of shark scientific names, but nobody calls by there scientific names on the shark forum.
 
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