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The Mimic Octopus

Emily Haig
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Emily Haig

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of The Mimic Octopus

Thaumoctopus mimicus The Mimic Octopus Classification Copycat Habitat Kingdom- Animalia
Phylum- Mollusca
Class- Cephalopoda
Order- Octopoda
Family- Octopodidae
Subfamily- Octopodinae
Genus- Thaumoctopus
Species- T. mimicus Reproduction and Life Cycle
The mimic octopus begin as larvae floating about appearing to be plankton. They settle on the estuary floor, making the transformation from larvae to adult. The male uses an arm specialized for reproduction to place sperm sacs into the female mantle. Upon fertilization, the male passes away and the female releases up to 300 eggs and carries them with her on strings attached to her body. She continues life as normal until the larvae hatch and she then passes shortly after. The life span is about 9 months. The mimic octopus
has no bones, spines,
or poison of any kind.
It is believed that the
ability to mimic up to
15+ different sea pre-
dators is an evolved
defense mechanism. The mimic octopus like to live in estuarine waters near the mouths of rivers. They have mostly been found in Indonesia and Malaysia. They normally occupy shallow waters around 15 ft deep. Behaviors Prey- these octopus, like many others, feed on small crustaceans and fish.
Copying the appearance of other sea predators is where this amazing creature gets it's name. They mimic many other sea animals by altering not only the colour, but the shape of it's body. Some of the copied species include sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, and brittle sea stars to name a few. Random Facts Believed to have been discovered in 1998 off the coast of Indonesia.
Only grow to about 2 feet long.
All octopus have 3 hearts within their mantle.
There are little sacs called chromatophores on an octopus' skin that contract and expand. This is responsible for quick color changes.
The mimic octopus' arms have 2 rows of suckers and each sucker has a touch and a taste sensor so they can actually taste food before it is eaten.
They have a large brain, but no sense of hearing. Thank you!!! Emily Haig
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