Wunderpus Photogenicus ?

dleo4590

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Just picked up this very small "Zebra octo" that one of our lfs had listed. Currently still acclimating but very beautiful and interesting so far. The reason I am posting in this forum is I think it's a Wunderpus based on the stripes running through the suckers unlike the Mimic that has a white line runing through one side and some stripes even don’t go through on the thin side of the stripes. Since they often get misidentified as one another I was "wondering" what it is...
 

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Just picked up this very small "Zebra octo" that one of our lfs had listed. Currently still acclimating but very beautiful and interesting so far. The reason I am posting in this forum is I think it's a Wunderpus based on the stripes running through the suckers unlike the Mimic that has a white line runing through one side and some stripes even don’t go through on the thin side of the stripes. Since they often get misidentified as one another I was "wondering" what it is...
Looks like a wonderpus to me! How many octos you have?
 

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As hard as I have tried, I cannot be confident in my guess as to which is which in most of the images. @Thales , however has bragged about it being easy so hopefully he will report in.
 

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Looks like a wonderpus to me! How many octos you have?
My boyfriend and I have four. Hank, the bimac that we got from here. We also have two baby Caribbean Reef octopus, Ursula and Alusru, since they look like twins. Upon further observation it does have the solid white line just before the suction cups so I think it is a Mimic afterall but the shop had it mislabeled to begin with so I wasn't relying on their ID of the animal. Doesn't seem to have much of an appetite yet but there is a red fiddler for when it decides it is hungry.
 

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As hard as I have tried, I cannot be confident in my guess as to which is which in most of the images. @Thales , however has bragged about it being easy so hopefully he will report in.
Ok from what I found in this article: Creature Feature: Mimic Octopus third paragraph from the top it lists some of the physical differences so based on that I believe it to be a mimic.
 

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I hope @Thales will verify but mimic was my first impression. It would make me feel better if he confirms that I am getting there on IDing the difference (that he calls easy). :concern:
 

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If anyone else has any suggestions on what to offer for food. It wasn't interested in the red fiddler crab. It ate two "marine feeder fish" from an online supplier. They have a mix of Sheepshead minnow, Green Sailfin Molly, Mosquito Fish and another that is very small they just refer to as "marine feeder fish." When we acquired it, it had already ate the tips of two of it's arms. We are trying to keep it from continuing to do that so any suggestions we are open to. It's very mellow though. Has not inked once and does not get spooked when we get near or come into viewing distance.
 

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How big was the crab? Did you remove the pinchers before you offered it to the octopus? When you fed the crab to the octopus, did you just leave it in the tank or actually present it to the octo?
 
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