Ecology of Thaumoctopus mimicus
Main Ref. Norman, M.D. and F.G. Hochberg, 2005
Remarks 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).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Thaumoctopus mimicus may be found.


Substrate Benthic: demersal; Soft Bottom: sand; silt; mud;
Substrate Ref. Jereb, P., C.F.E. Roper, M.D. Norman and J.K. Finn, 2014
Special habitats Other habitats: burrows;
Special habitats Ref. Jereb, P., C.F.E. Roper, M.D. Norman and J.K. Finn, 2014


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Norman, M.D. and F.G. Hochberg, 2005
Feeding habit
Feeding habit Ref.

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.96 0.65 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Pan-Saniano, Marianne on 07.27.07
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.08.16
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