Hapalochlaena fasciata (Hoyle, 1886)
Blue-lined octopus
photo by FAO

Family:  Octopodidae (octopuses), subfamily: Octopodinae
Max. size:  15 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Australia.
Biology:  Mantle length is 4.5 cm. Extremely venomous, tetrodotoxin venom produced in the salivary glands. Responsible for one human death (Ref. 96968). Occurs on intertidal and shallow rocky reefs. They are active at night and feed on small crustaceans. Hatchlings are benthic (Ref. 96968).
IUCN Red List Status: (LC); Date assessed: 28 July 2014 Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 18.10.17

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