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Mimicry in Octopods. By: Elijah Tolentino. What is an Octopus?. eight-armed cephalopod (octopod) mollusk of the order Octopoda members of the genus Octopus a large group of widely distributed shallow-water cephalopods.

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Mimicry in octopods

Mimicry in Octopods

By: Elijah Tolentino

What is an octopus

What is an Octopus?

  • eight-armed cephalopod (octopod) mollusk of the order Octopoda

  • members of the genus Octopus

    • a large group of widely distributed shallow-water cephalopods.

  • One of the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates





  • The typical octopus has a saccular body:

    • the head is only slightly separated from the body

    • large, complex eyes

    • eight contractile arms

      • Each arm bears two rows of fleshy suckers that are capable of great holding power

      • joined at their bases by a web of tissue known as the skirt, at the centre of its body where the mouth is

Where do they live

Where do they live?

Coral Reefs

Mimicry in octopods

Pelagic Waters

Mimicry in octopods

Ocean Floor

How do they survive

How do they survive?

  • They have numerous strategies for defending themselves against predators:

    • expulsion of ink

    • ability to jet quickly through the water

    • to hide

    • camouflage and deimatic displays



  • An octopus's camouflage is aided by certain specialized skin cells

    • change the apparent color, opacity, and reflectivity of the epidermis

  • Called chromatophores

    • pigment-containing and light-reflecting organelles in cells

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoCzZHcwKxI

  • Thaumoctopus mimicus

    Thaumoctopus mimicus

    • Called the mimic octopus

    • “The greatest impersonator of the sea”



    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWmRjURn1L4

    Its predators be like

    Its predators be like…

    Can also be compared to

    Can also be compared to…

    Is she impersonating an octopus or is the octopus impersonating her

    Is she impersonating an octopus? Or is the octopus impersonating her?



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    Citations part 2

    Citations Part 2

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