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Mimic Octopus

Thaumoctopus mimicus

Description:

As if a testament to this animals extraordinary camouflage and mimic abilities, it was only discovered in 1998. It mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than 15 different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp by contorting its body and arms, and changing colour. Even more incredible, the mimic may decide which animal to impersonate depending on local predators. For example, when the octopus was being attacked by damselfish, the octopus was observed to appear as a banded sea snake, a damselfish predator. The octopus impersonates the snake by turning black and yellow, burying six of its arms, and waving its other two arms in opposite directions.

Habitat:

Sandy bay.

Notes:

Easily confused with the Wonderpus (Wunderpus photogenicus), the Mimic is easily distinguished by a consistent white line bordering it's arms.

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30 Comments (1–25)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Fantastic spotting! Congratulations Samantha!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Stunning octopus! Congratulations!

Congratulations Samantha!

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 6 years ago

Wow, I'm honoured. Thank you all! It was definitely a highlight of my year!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Congratulations!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Congratulations Samantha, well done

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations Samantha :)

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Congrats again Sam! This incredible mimic has been chosen as a runner up in the Best of 2012 Other category.

http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/3966428...
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KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Congratulations Sam, this spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/3039027...

Blogie
Blogie 6 years ago

Hi Sam! Pls join our new mission: Mollusca.

http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1214...

Carolina
Carolina 6 years ago

Sam, what a cool spotting!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations Samantha!
Grate spotting nice video!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

Congratulations on a great photo series and video. Wonderful!

MeaganKeefe
MeaganKeefe 6 years ago

very cool. the coloration in your photo reminds me of the sea snakes in Borneo.

Liam
Liam 6 years ago

Nice! Congrats!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 6 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 6 years ago

Congrats and what an awesome spotting!

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Sensacional

LealikiKanoa
LealikiKanoa 6 years ago

Wow!!

induruh
induruh 6 years ago

Freaky!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Amazing! Congratualtions :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Brilliant!

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 6 years ago

Thanks all - especially Yasser! Feel honoured.

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

congrats on sotd!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations Samantha Craven !!!
wonderful,

Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Lat: 13.50, Long: 120.95

Spotted on Apr 11, 2012
Submitted on Apr 14, 2012

Reference

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