Top 5 Smallest, Teeniest, Tiniest, Octopus Species!

Welcome to the world of pocket-sized octopuses! I know octopuses are sometimes portrayed as scary monsters, but how scary can an octopus really be when it’s the size of a paper clip?

I dare you not to fall in love with these fun-sized cuties! Here are just 5 of the world’s smallest octopus species guaranteed to make you go “awwww”.

Hairy Octopus (no official scientific name)

The size of a large paper clip and looking like a tiny ball of algae, it’s no wonder the tiny Hairy Octopus wasn’t discovered until the early 2000s.

Reported by divers as having a total length of up to 2 inches (2-5 cm) with an arm length from 1-4 inches (3-10 cm), which makes spotting one an extremely lucky occurrence.

I present to you the smallest octopus of the bunch, the Star-Sucker Pygmy Octopus!

Star-Sucker Pygmy Octopus (Octopus wolfi)

Found in shallow waters throughout the Indo-Pacific Ocean, this octopus grows no bigger than a bottle cap at 1 inch (2.5 cm) & weighs no more than a raisin about 1 gram (0.04 ounces).

Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.)

The prettiest and the deadliest one of our tiny fab five!

Known for being tiny but deadly, a Blue-Ringed Octopus carries around a powerful neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin that could bring down 26 adult humans.

Male Violet Blanket Octopus (Termoctopus violaceus)

Sorry lady Blanket Octopus, only the males are making our teensy-tiny octopus list.

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