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Need ocotpus indentification

Ben

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Ordered a octopus a couple of weeks ago and it finally came in today. I tried to order a bimaculoides but also said I would take anyone that is somewhat similar (since its like impossible to get one of any species around where I live). Anyways, Im not really sure what Kind I obtained. It has brownish coloring with white/tanish coloring on the front of its face which makes somewhat of a V going from the eyes to the arms. According to the store it was only labled Atlantic octopus when it arrived. Ill try to get a picture but its making a den under some rocks atm. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Nancy

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Hello Ben, and welcome to your new octopus!

Where do you live - in the US or elsewhere? That helps us figure out which species it might be.

It would also help if you could post pics of your octopus.

Does it have a name yet? I'll add it to the List of Our Octopuses.

Nancy
 
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Ben

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Thanks Nancy, I live In Richmond Virginia. Haven't thought of a name yet, trying though.
Heres a picture of him/her. Couldn't really get a good pic, its been hiding most of the time.
 
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DWhatley

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Determining if it is nocturnal or diurnal will help some with an id. Another is watching to see if there are any false eyespots below the actual eyes.
 
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Ben

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I haven't noticed eyespots. Its been pretty active during the day and somewhat during the night. it might be a little too early to say but I would have to say diurnal.
 
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DWhatley

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If you are seeing him/her during the day, there is a high chance it is not a nocturnal species (unless it is approaching the end of its natural life and doing what I have been calling its 'final walk' but you would see it most of the time if my observations and reading hold true). You might try encouraging your supplier to tell you if his supplier imports or provides East Coast critters. If the octo is from Florida the current behavior suggests Vulgaris.

Here is a link to a slide show of some of the critters I saw at Mote during TONMOCON II. There are several shots of their vulgaris pair. There are also a few more shots of these two in the TONMOCON II forum.

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o6/dwhatley/TONMOCON/?action=view&current=8a6ca889.pbw
 
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