The Mimic Octopus is best known for… well, being a mimic! It imitates all kinds of other sea creatures, from flatfishes to sea snakes to anemones.
LIFESPAN The lifespan of this species is unknown, but it likely lives for 1-2 years.
LOCATION Discovered off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia, this species range is the tropical Indo-West Pacific from north-east Australia, New Caledonia, & Papua New Guinea, through Indonesia, north to the Philippines, & west to the Red Sea.
This is a shallow water octopus inhabiting coastal water on soft sediment (silt or sand substrate) in water from 0.5 m (1.5 ft) to at least 37 m (121 ft).
BODY PATTERNS AND BEHAVIORS
No underwater structure, no problem! This species belongs to a clade (group) of long-armed octopuses that have adapted to a life living in an open sand seascape.
The color patterns of this species are variable from a uniform pale or dark, to mottled, to dramatically banded or high contrast body pattern.
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