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Thaumoctopus mimicus   Norman & Hochberg, 2005

Mimic octopus

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Cephalopoda | Octopoda | Octopodidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 0 - 37 m (Ref. 96968).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-West Pacific.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 48.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96968)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Mantle length is 5.8 cm. Species is known for its mimicry of toxic models that co-occur in the same habitat, namely banded soles, sea snakes, and lionfish, with other distinct postures and behaviors currently being open to interpretation (Ref. 96968). This octopus often occupies the vacated burrows of other animals. These lairs appear temporary or may form a network of regular lairs within a home range. Individuals were observed to occupy a particular hole for periods of between one to four days. Some individuals were observed to leave one hole at first light, forage throughout the day (including entering and exiting from various animal burrows throughout the day) and remain overnight within the last hole encountered during foraging bouts. These animals were observed to emerge from the same hole at first light the next day (Ref. 96968). Active during the day. Feeds on crustaceans and fishes (Ref. 7940).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Cephalopoda are gonochoric. Male and female adults usually die shortly after spawning and brooding, respectively. Mating behavior: Males perform various displays to attract potential females for copulation. During copulation, male grasp the female and inserts the hectocotylus into the female's mantle cavity where fertilization usually occurs. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic stage and live for some time before they grow larger and take up a benthic existence as adults.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Norman, M.D. and F.G. Hochberg. 2005. (Ref. 7940)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 13 July 2016

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | Fishipedia | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.8 - 29.3, mean 28.5 (based on 3299 cells).