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That the Mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) has the amazing ability to mimic lionfish, sea snakes, anemones, jellyfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, stingrays, flounders and mantis shrimp! It is typically covered in brown and white stripes and spots and typically inhabits the tropical seas of South East Asia and usually gets up to about 2 feet long. It uses jets of water to sashay over the sand, searching for prey. Its body mostly consists of muscle without any spines or type of armour, thus it is desirable to many deep-water predators, especially since they do not possess poison or venom. Thus it utilises mimicry to avoid these predators, but also to feed on other animals that would usually attempt to escape once they see an octopus. They are extremely intelligent and have the ability to camouflage by changing the colour and texture of their skin in order to avoid predators. They are also so intelligent that they are able to decide upon which creature to impersonate in order to present the greatest threat. For example when in the vicinity of territorial damselfish, it mimics their known predator, the banded sea snake. To mimic a lionfish it spreads its legs and lingers on the ocean floor and lets its arms float behind to emulate the fins of a lionfish. When it mimics a sea snake, it buries its entire body in sand and leaves a few tentacles exposed so it appears as a few dangerous snakes wriggling around!  

by Fadilah Ali


by Fadilah Ali

That the Mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) has the amazing ability to mimic.

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