Id on octopus i am looking into

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Hi, this is a picture of an octopus that i might buy, but i rather not buy until i get an id on it. Unfortunately, as is usual, the seller doesn't know were it came from. I attached a picture of it. The seller is in California, so it might be from around there but i don't see any eye spots that would suggest it's a bimac.
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I found something interesting when looking at the owners pictures :biggrin2:. In two of the shots, the octopus' eyes look almost W shaped like a cuttle due, I think to the eye "lid"
 
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Brown without eyespots could refer to O. Briareus, which would be found in the gulf and qualify 2 of the 3 places that the LFS worker mentioned. I doubt those spots were from his supplier though, he probably just told you places in on this continent that are popular for catching octopuses. Also, if it is labeled as 'brown octopus', it is likely the name that was on their supply list; do not condemn them just because of that. It is rare that you will find an LFS where anyone knows a thing about IDing octos, and if you do find one with experienced personnel without the ocean/region the octopus was collected from the ID would be nothing more than an educated guess.

Sorry if this was difficult to understand. I am substantially tired but wanted to browse the boards before I retire.
 
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Ok the seller sent me a picture of the actual octopus, so i guess we can try again with iding it..It doesn't look too much like Briareus, since i don't see a greenish tint, but it's not the best picture.
 

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I would say you can eliminate a pygmy, the legs are far too long. I see bumps but no horns but can't tell if the brownish looking mark is an eye spot or not. I see no hiding places and would say you can't eliminate nocturnal if the rest of the tank is as open as in the picture.
 
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If it is an eye spot it might be hummellincki (sp?). I see some sort of hole behind him that looks like it could be a possible hiding spot but you cant see it very well in the picture.
 
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do you guys think it might be a vulgaris? I also thought maybe cyanea from hawaii since it is sort of close to california, but it doesn't really look too much like the pictures of cyanea that i have seen..
 
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