Atlantic Longarm Octopus Found Imitating Flounder

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 13:35 in Biology & Nature

A new study of the Atlantic longarm octopus, Macrotritopus defilippi, indicates that the species has exceptional camouflage capabilities. Scientists say the octopus avoids predators in part by expertly disguising itself as a flounder. While two other species of octopuses are known to imitate flounder, this is the first report of flounder mimicry by an Atlantic octopus, and only the fourth convincing case of mimicry in cephalopods. The study was published this week in Biological Bulletin. read more

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