Larger Pacific striped octopus

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Large Pacific striped octopus
Larger Pacific striped octopus 2013-09-13 11-36.jpg
A Larger Pacific striped octopus. A bit off to the left at the centre-bottom, another of this species of octopus is visible.
Scientific classification
O. sp
Binomial name
Octopus sp

The larger Pacific striped octopus is a species of octopus known for its intelligence and gregarious nature.[1]

Unlike other octopus species which are normally solitary, the larger Pacific striped octopus is reported as forming groups of up to 40 individuals.[2][3]

And while most octopuses are cannibalistic, and have to exercise extreme caution while mating, these octopuses mate with their ventral sides touching, pressing their beaks and suckers together in an intimate embrace.[4]

The larger Pacific striped octopus is very different from other species in other ways as well. While most octopus species reproduce only once before entering "senescence" and dying, mothers in this species can mate and gestate many times throughout their lives.[5]

The larger pacific striped octopus has only been seen in a few locations off Nicaragua in murky intertidal waters near the mouths of rivers.[6] This is a very rare octopus.

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  1. ^ Ghose, Tia (6 March 2013). "Kissing Octopus Unveiled For The First Time At The California Academy Of Sciences". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ Harmon, Katherine (27 February 2013). "Rare Social Octopuses Break All the (Mating) Rules". Scientific American. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  3. ^ Graber, Shane (14 February 2013). "Forgotten octopus rejects solitary lifestyle". Advanced Aquarist. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Larger Pacific Striped Octopus". California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  5. ^ Harmon Courage, Katherine (30 July 2014). "Social Octopus Species Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers". National Geographic. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  6. ^