Octofish

The word Octo comes from the Greek word Okto which means 8, and my fish has 8 legs. In Latin the work octopus comes for the word polypus, and fish means in Latin piscis. The scientific name is Pescus octopodidae, which means fish with eight legs.

Ocean Zones and Habitat: The Octofish lives in the Pelagic Zone and also the Benthic Zone. It lives in the water with many different types of creatures like crabs sponges, algae, coral and many other wildlife.

Physical Traits and Adaptations to Environment: The Octofish has 8 tenticals that allow it to reach into small spaces inside the coral reefs to capture prey. The two long tenticals are used for grabing and holding prey while the other 6 small tenticals allow it to stablize the creature and hold onto the coral reef or the ocean floor. Octofish has three eyes. The large two eyes that are ideal for stereo-vision, allowing it to see a full 270 degrees in front of the Octofish. The smaller third eye faces towards the rear of the fish. It allows 80 degrees of vision behind it. Octofish is capable of seeing almost all the way around its body allowing it to avoid threats and see oppertunities for food. The black and blue colors allow for very good camofloge. The shape of the Octofish body is very hydrodynamic allowing to swim quickly and effiently.

Locomotion: It's rear fin is long and powerfull allowing it for speed and manuver ability. It also has one dorsal fin for stablity. It also has the ability to walk along the ocean bottom and across coral reefs utilizing its 6 rear tenticals. The scales on the Octofish are tiny giving the fish an almost smooth apperaence allowing it to swim with very little resitance.

Respiration: The Octofish gets its oxygen from the water it swims in and takes in water from its mouth. The water passes of the gills located inside the Octofishes head. The water exits just behind the dorsal fin.

Feeding: The Octofish uses its mouth to capture any small types of fish. It also uses its long to front tenticals to grab large fish to eat. It uses its 4 teeth to break down food as it enters the mouth.

Reproduction: The female Octofish lays its eggs in the coral reef as protection from predators. When a male Octofish sense the eggs he uses its 6 rear fins that release sperm onto the eggs to fertilize them.

Defense Strategies: When the Octofish feels threatened by a predator it uses its rear fins that have barbs on it to inflict damage on the attacker. The Octofish has almost 360 degree vision that allows it to see predators coming to attack the Octofish giving it just the right amount of time to escape the predator. The Octofish is a very fast swimmer giving it the ability to escape fast.

Plankton, Nekton, or Benthos: The Octofish is nekton because it actively swims in the ocean waters. The Octofish propels itself because they have vertabraes that allow them to swim freely.

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