Starry Night Octopus (Callistoctopus luteus)

Also known as Night Octopus, Smallspot Octopus, Starry Octopus

Description

Also know as Night Octopus, Smallspot Octopus, Starry Octopus.

Found singly in crevices and holes over rubble, sand and seaweed bottoms of coral and rocky reefs, often seen at night while they are out hunting for food.
They feed nocturnally on fish, invertebrates and other Octopi.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 0-80m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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. Ref: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/163078/969485

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