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#1 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 01:15 AM

After seeing Jane Morgan's recent post of a Mimic Octopus from Nuweiba in Egypt, and being encouraged by discussions with Guido Poppe, I thought it would be a fun idea to try and learn a bit more about the distribution of the Mimic Octopus (and other long arm Octopuses, like the Wonderpus, White-V and Caribbean Longarm Octopus).

So those who have photographed these species, please post your images in this thread. Stating the area where they were photographed (doesn't need to be dive site specific).

Obviously our data will be strongly biased to where we dive, but it may reveal something interesting. It will be particularly interesting to see what comes out of the N Indian Ocean (coastal India, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman).

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 01:18 AM

So to get the ball rolling:

Mimic Octopus, North Coast, Bali
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Mimic Octopus, Lembeh Strait, N. Sulawesi
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White V Octopus, North Coast, Bali
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Posted 31 January 2006 - 06:52 AM

Wonderpuss-Lembeh, North Sulawesi Indonesia

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 07:30 AM

Uh Todd - you're supposed to put the location too, not just the photo...lol! :-)

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Here's another from the North coast of Bali:

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And here's one of Sarah's of the same critter - she was using the 50mm and I was using the 100mm:

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 08:16 AM

Darn jet lag-added to the post. I thought it was obvious :D
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Posted 31 January 2006 - 11:02 PM

Lembeh, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 05:48 PM

wonderpus.jpg Lembeh Strait - North Sulawesi

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 06:52 AM

Lembeh


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Posted 04 February 2006 - 09:21 AM

Hi Bversteegh and welcome to Wetpixel from another Texan!

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:49 PM

Thanks for the welcome James -

I haven't been posting much lately due to way too busy at work, but the Wonderpus is one of my absolute favorite creatures - couldn't pass up the opportunity to share one of my favorite critters :angry: :lol:

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 08:52 AM

this guy is from sulewesi 5 years ago

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 08:53 AM

this guy is from milne bay, png 6 years ago

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 12:12 PM

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Wonderpuss, Anilao, Philippines December, 2005. I have seen these little guys every Phils trip for the last four years.

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:02 PM

more milne bay, png 02 mimic

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:04 PM

wrong one

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:04 PM

anther pose

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:05 PM

and another

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#18 JamesWood

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 05:05 AM

Alex,this is a really great idea for a number of reasons. I'd like to run with it a bit further.

One thing that is slowly changing in science is the use of images instead of preserved specimens in some museum collections. I can't think of a better flagship group than cephalopods since they change color, shape and texture – and all of that information is lost when you preserve (kill) one and stick it in a jar.

So the top quality images and locations posted here are great!

One step further, however, would be if the photographers would kindly provide a latitude, longitude and depth to accompany their images and text descriptions of location.

This information in a scientific database like:

http://www.cephbase.....cfm?CephID=660

Can easily produce visualization tools like:

http://hercules.kgs....pecies=arcticus

FYI, the example above is for a deep-sea octopus that was thought to be somewhat rare but I think is actually quite common; it just lives in depths where most people would never encounter it.

Cheers,

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PS I hope to add my own picts to the list by the end of the year.
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Posted 30 April 2006 - 09:56 AM

All of these were Lembeh Straight, Indonesia
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And this one that decided to stay on the "dark side" :)
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Posted 30 April 2006 - 05:46 PM

James, I think Google Maps would be a nice visualization tool. It's quite easy to interface with.

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