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Amphioctopus mototi, Poison ocellate octopus

Amphioctopus mototi   (Norman, 1992)

Poison ocellate octopus

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Cephalopoda | Octopoda | Octopodidae | Octopodinae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 1 - 54 m (Ref. 96968).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Pacific Ocean.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 32.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96968); max. published weight: 300.00 g (Ref. 96968)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Its mantle length is 10 cm (Ref. 96968). Depths range from 1 to 54 m. Occurs on sandy substrates, often associated with coral heads or rubble. Deep lairs are excavated under coral heads or coral rubble on sand substrate. Appears to have crepuscular activity patterns. Lairs are surrounded by cast off gastropod shells which may have been collected for their secondary occupants, hermit crabs. Stomach contents have a high proportion of crustacean exoskeletal fragments. Eggs are laid in large numbers in festoons. The small egg size indicates hatchlings are planktonic. Possibly venomous based on the prominent warning coloration and being locally known as the "poison octopus". Live animals observed to bite objects willingly, uncommon amongst octopuses (Ref. 96968).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Cephalopoda are gonochoric. Male and female adults usually die shortly after spawning and brooding, respectively. Mating behavior: Males perform various displays to attract potential females for copulation. During copulation, male grasp the female and inserts the hectocotylus into the female's mantle cavity where fertilization usually occurs. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic stage and live for some time before they grow larger and take up a benthic existence as adults.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Norman, M.D. and C.C. Lu. 2000. (Ref. 81752)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 130435)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 22 July 2014

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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More information

FAO areas
Food items
Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | Fishipedia | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 20.4 - 27, mean 25.2 (based on 136 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Low.

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