Pulpopus - A. aculeatus

RoFlores

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Hi all, I'm new to the forum. I got this guy from my LFS. I ordered it on saturday and it came today !!! All they could tell me is that is not a blue ring and that it comes from somewhere around central Pacific. It's body is about grape size and the arms are about 4" to 5" long. It's been active since we got it in the tank and has been looking around trying to hunt amphipods (it does the umbrella thing on a rock) and a hermit (he managed to stay alive). I think it might be an abdopus Aculeatus. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks

Ro
 

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DWhatley

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Second vote for A. aculeatus

To find journals by species, look at the top of the Journals and Photos forum for the List of Our Octopuses 20xx stickies. The species name is a link to the journals for 2008-2010.

Please considering journaling your adventure and continuing the posts. I can move this to our Journals forum if you would like :biggrin2:
 

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I think the arms are a bit longer than I thought earlier, I think they might be 7" or even 8" long, the mantle is about 2.5 cm. I'll upload a vid here in a minute of it (I think it's a girl) eating a shrimp. I was hoping it was not an aculeatus, because if it is, it would be full grown and possibly on it's last leg (or arm).

 

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He still seems like he has a little to grow, although full grown is a mantle of 3cm (just under an 1 1/4") and arms of 18cm (~7 inches)
 

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Here are todays pics... she has been comming out more in the evening now, not so much during the day. It ate 2 shrimp from my hand and tries to eat the hermits with no luck.

We gave her a buddy (star fish) she had to go and make sure it knew who was boss, then she left it alone.

 

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DWhatley

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It will be interesting to see if your orange brittle behaves similar to Pesky and PeskyToo. Neither roams far from the octopus and will take up residence nearby when the octo changes dens. Ours know octo feeding time (depending on the octopus in residence this may or may not cooincide with tank feeding time) and are ever ready to take anything the octopus rejects, misses or drops. Ours will take food from our fingers.

Oddly when there is no octopus in residence, we never see them and the one in our non-octotank has probably only been spotted a couple of time over the course of several years (I am not sure if he is still alive). As soon as a new animal is placed in the tank, they are once again easy to find.

The octo probably won't go through to the sump as long as you have a nice dark alternate for a den but if he should go missing, check their first. The brittle, however, may choose to hang out there on occassion and it looks really weird to see orange arms waving from the holes.
 

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So I guess we are all pretty sure it is A. aculeatus?? her name is Lula. I did not see a modified arm so I assumed her to be a she.
 
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