Coconut Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus)

Also known as Amphioctopus margina, Octopus sp.4, Coconut Octopus, Walktopus.

Description

Also known as Amphioctopus margina, Veined Octopus, Octopus sp.4, Coconut Octopus and Walktopus.

Found on sandy bottoms in bays and lagoons.
Colour varies to blend in with surroundings.
They feed on shrimp, crabs and clams.
Length - 8cm, arms 15cm
Depth - 5-30m
Widespread Western Pacific

This wonderful Octopus found hiding inside coconut shells, covered in shells, empty snail shells in bottles or just buried in the sand with only the eyes showing, it has the ability to walk away on two arms.

Octopus make their homes in holes in the reef or bury in the sand.
They can often be found by the tell tail debris outside the holes.
Octopus feed by grabbing their prey with their tentacles or by spreading their skirt (the webbing between their tentacles) over the reef and hoovering up underneath.
They have a beak for biting their prey, the bite quickly paralyses their prey.
Some of the smaller Octopus are venomous to humans.

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