Secretary of the U.S. Department of Awesome (noctrnalwolf) wrote in wtf_nature,
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mimic octopus!



all octopus(pi?) can change their skin color, so what's so great about this guy?

Living in the tropical seas of South East Asia, it was not officially discovered until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi. Before that, divers who had seen the octopus mistakenly thought that they were seeing other common animals which the octopus was mimicking. This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. [1], [2] It accomplishes this by contorting its body and arms, and changing color.

pics: http://www.starfish.ch/collection/octopus.html
http://pharyngula.org/index/weblog/comments/indo_malayan_mimic_octopus/
video: http://pharyngula.org/images/octo-flatfish.mov

Tags: cephalopod, mimic octopus, octopus, video
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