Marine Scientists Reveal Secret Life of Forgotten Larger Pacific Striped Octopus
by Sci-news staff
An ongoing study led by two San Francisco Bay Area scientists, Dr Roy Caldwell of the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr Richard Ross of the California Academy of Sciences’ Steinhart Aquarium, sheds some light on long-ignored octopus species – the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus.
“The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus is the most beautiful octopus I have ever seen,” Dr Caldwell said.
The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus displays striking color and shape changes, shifting in an instant from a nondescript dark reddish black ‘leaf,’ to an awesome clash of white and black stripes over constellations of white spots.
Besides coloration, what makes this species so different from other octopuses is the way it seems to ignore what has become the standard story of octopus social structures, mating and motherhood.
Instead of living a solitary life, and coming together briefly for mating like almost all other octopuses, the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus can cohabitate in pairs, sometimes sharing the same den. Groups are reported to live in associations of 40 or more animals…
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(photos: Richard Ross and Roy Caldwell)