Body to 7cm
Arms to 30cm
Distr. Caribean sea, Florida to Brazil
Common on reefs
Lays small eggs so planktonic young
About a year ago there wa discussion on CephList that the species had been revised or a revisal had been proposed but nothing else was heard on the subject. So far.
I beleive that one of the species i kept was O. filosus. As it had the ocelli and fits the description including the capture lcation well.
It was a very active, mostly diurnal species that was keen to feed from hands and explore surroundings. I kept it at 1.026 and 78deg F.
Would not eat snails and even hermits were ignored so therefore i had regular visits to the beach to collect live crabs for this octo. Shrimps were not easily taken at all. So i think feeding will need to be carefully considerd.
Lifespan I'd GUESS at a total of 10months tho, i never had the octo from hatching.
Being planktonic means the larvae would be difficult to raise.
Thanks for the info. But no I haven't seen them for sale. When I have a strong gut feeling on a particular animal I have very good luck with it, on the flip side if I ignore that feeling the animal and me both suffer (more of an emotional suffering for me) so I try my hardest to go with that intuition ,or whatever, and have much better chances with whatever animal I acquire. Fortunately there is a place that sells feeder crabs since I'm landlocked.