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Veined / Coconut Octopus

Amphioctopus marginatus


Amphioctopus marginatus, also known as the coconut octopus and veined octopus, is a medium-sized cephalopod belonging to the genus Amphioctopus. It is found in tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean. It commonly preys upon shrimp, crabs, and clams, and displays unusual behaviour, including bipedal walking and gathering and using coconut shells and seashells for shelter.


Sandy bottom where they are able to dig into the sands to hide.


A very smart octopus, they can collects sea shells, coconut shells (hence, their name), bottles, cups and other hard objects to use as protection. In the picture above, this female is seen carrying her Eggs and using sea shells as home/protection. Watch video of her brooding and protecting her eggs here :

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Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 17, 2016
Submitted on Jun 7, 2016

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