- Family: Octopodidae
- Common name: Mimic octopus
- Scientific name: Thaumoctopus mimicus
Description and Origin
- The Mimic Octopus was first discovered in 1998 of the coast of Indonesia.
- The name for this Octopus comes from the fact that they copy the behaviors of other animals and change their appearance to look like them.
- Mimic Octopuses copy the behaviors of other marine organisms in order to trick predators into leaving them alone.
- The mimic octopus can change color in order to look like animals.
Different organisms it mimics
- Sand anemones
- Indo-Pacific - can be found in places like the Red Sea or the Great Barrier Reef
- Most documented records of the Mimic Octopus are from Indonesia
- Primarily found in areas with sand at depths of about 50 feet
- It prefers muddy sea floors in order to blend in with its natural brown, beige color
- Secondary Consumer
- Prey: Small Fish and Crabs
- Predators: Small Shark and Barracuda
- Feeding Habits: Stalks their prey or forages over an area of sand
- Male inserts its hectocotylus into the female's cavity where he deposits sperm packets
- Hectocotylus falls off and the male dies soon after
- Female fertilizes and carries the eggs in strings while continuing to feed
- The larvae hatch and the female dies soon after
- Larvae drift as plankton as they mature, then sink and begin life on the ocean floor