Not O.Hummelincki but What Species is It?

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I particularily like this forum because it allows us to see different animals and study the various traits. Sometimes we don't come up with a good answer but at least the traits are noted and a second occurance of an unusual animal can be back referenced. At one time I really wanted to put traits into a database and make a multiple choice questionaire that would give a list of possibilities. I found that we really don't have a good collection of diagnostics and that I am way too novice still to establish the criteria but I keep octopusid.com so that one day I will reexamine the idea.

I am getting an octopus from Kara (sealifeInc) in the AM. It is thought to be a dwarf and has a mantle about the size of a womans first joint on the index finger. The animal was discovered in Live Rock collected on a farm off Key West. Two of my octos have come from this farm, Serendipity and Sleazy (at least I think Sleazy came from there, Ken never actually said where she came from and she may have been crab trap bi-catch given the time of year). In any case, this one is coming in the AM and from the photos, it could be either species. There is one hint that really excites me but I want to see if anyone else notices it or if it is just wishful thinking. These are cell phone photos, but more than I usually get when they send one my way.
 

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If you click on the first photo, the pair of white spots we see on almost all octopuses is visible. If anyone has an idea what these are, please post as I have been trying to find out for a long time and have not been able to even guess what they might be.
 
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i am gonna agree with sky as well, the eye spot as well as the faint mantle pattern is something i see on edward all the time...very cool and very jealous d
 
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SQUEAK, SQUEAL - all kinds of girly noises! SO tiny, this one of, if not the smallest - almost sure hummelincki (not merc for sure) - we have seen. Kara has SMALL fingers!

Now I am terrified of being able to raise it LOL. It is past pelagic but probably just settled. It appears healthy.
 
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I am terrified of making the wrong choices on how to go about raising it (but delighted for the opportunity). Kara included some very small mithrax and I have some very small hermits (a disappointment when they came in yesterday but am glad to have them now). Its mantle is about the size of Tatanka's but with much shorter arms. Since they have to go through a metamorphic pelagic stage and we don't have any that have survived, I can only guess on age but will suggest 3 months (assuming a 1 month pelagic transition).
 
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Be jealous, VERY jealous (If I don't lose it!). It took a thawed shore shrimp so I will take that as a very good sign. Unlike normal SOP, I always try to get my octos to eat during acclimation. Usually I offer food just before release but I am going very slowly with this one and am not sure when it last ate (I sent a note to Kara's phone inquiring but she has not seen this one yet :oops:). Can you tell I am excited? It is still showing mostly white but when it took the shrimp, I saw color bands in the arms. It is interesting to note the mantle size and was my first determination that it was not merc (larger proportionately to the arm length).

Unfortunately, it did not eat the shrimp. It chased it around and appears to have pooped but the shrimp went uneaten.
 
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