Thaumoctopus mimicus Norman & Hochberg, 2005
Mimic octopus
Thaumoctopus mimicus
photo by Harasti, David

Family:  Octopodidae (octopuses)
Max. size:  48 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 37 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific.
Biology:  Mantle length is 5.8 cm. Species is known for its mimicry of toxic models that co-occur in the same habitat, namely banded soles, sea snakes, and lionfish, with other distinct postures and behaviors currently being open to interpretation (Ref. 96968). This octopus often occupies the vacated burrows of other animals. These lairs appear temporary or may form a network of regular lairs within a home range. Individuals were observed to occupy a particular hole for periods of between one to four days. Some individuals were observed to leave one hole at first light, forage throughout the day (including entering and exiting from various animal burrows throughout the day) and remain overnight within the last hole encountered during foraging bouts. These animals were observed to emerge from the same hole at first light the next day (Ref. 96968). Active during the day. Feeds on crustaceans and fishes (Ref. 7940).
IUCN Red List Status: (LC); Date assessed: 13 July 2016 Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 27.07.07
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 06.02.15

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