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Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet the mimic octopus:Thaumoctopus mimicus

I just read a fascinating article at the Mother Nature network which I wanted to share with you. The article is entitled, "Meet the mimic octopus: Cephalopod can shapeshift into a fish" and is written by Bryan Nelson. In this article Mr. Nelson discusses the fact that mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus has been found to be able to change its shape into many different forms, which resemble other sea life: flatfish, venomous sole, stingrays, flounders, giant crabs, sea shells, mantis shrimp, and even jellyfish and sea anemones,sea snake and lion fish!! How amazing and kewl is that?

As you can imagine there are many possible reasons this octopus octopus may change into different shapes and different forms of sea life
As Mr. Nelson states:

"By mimicking venomous creatures such as a poisonous flatfish, the octopus is able to scare many cautious predators away. Not only can it shape-shift, but it can also change the patterns of its skin to that of the creatures it mimics (notably, the zebra sole has a black and white striped pattern which helps it stay camouflaged against the sandy ocean bottom). Lastly, the octopus' complicated display may serve as an honest warning sign of its unpalatable flesh."

To read Mr. Nelson's entire article please click on the following link:

This certainly is a fascinating discovery and a fascinating form of life! According to the website: 

" It grows up to 60 cm (2 feet) in length. Its normal colouring consists of brown and white stripes or spots.Living in the tropical seas of South East Asia, it was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi. They use a jet of water through their funnel to glide over the sand while searching for prey, typically small fish, crabs, and worms.

  "The mimic is able to imitate a sole (fish) by pulling its arms in, flattening to a leaf-like shape, and increasing speed using a jet-like propulsion that resembles a sole. When spreading its legs and lingering on the ocean bottom, its arms trail behind to simulate the lion fish's fins. Raising all of its arms above its head with each arm bent in a curved zig-zag shape to resemble the lethal tentacles of a fish-eating sea anemone, it deters many fish. It imitates a large jellyfish by swimming to the surface and then slowly sinking with its arms spread evenly around its body."

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You can learn more about this amazing life form by going to the following websites:

Here is a video I found on Youtube which discusses Thaumoctopus mimicus:


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