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Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (with Thales And Neogonodactylus ) in the news

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Scientists Uncover a Bizarre Truth About Octopuses: They Aren’t The Loners We Thought They Were
By Sarah Burke | August 29, 2014

We all know by now that octopuses are smart.
They can use tools, change colour instantly and learn through observation. They’re incredibly fascinating creatures.
But did you know that studies are showing that they are social too?
Loners of the Sea
Previously, octopuses were considered to be solitary creatures, only coming together to mate (and even at that, they would often do so at a distance for fear of being eaten!)
It was until 1991 when the Panamanian biologist Arcadio Rodaniche first reported a new species, very generally named the “Larger Pacific Striped Octopus”, living in groups of approximately 40 off the coast of Nicaragua. Rodaniche, who had noted the species on other diving trips since the 70s, only reported the creatures in 91, stating that they were displaying odd behaviours such as mating face-to-face (where their normal behaviour is to mate from behind). His report was considered so odd that it was initially ignored by other scientists.
Then in 2012, Richard Ross, a biologist at California Academy of Sciences, began to acquire several wild specimens of the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus from a commercial captor. Ross kept the creatures in his 100-gallon tank in a room in his home for years, trying to breed them.
Along with his fellow biologist Roy Caldwell (a professor at UC Berkeley) who is breeding and studying the octopuses in his own laboratory, the two scientists are making waves by trying to captive-breed the animals. ...
 

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