Octopus mercatoris

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Caribbean dwarf octopus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Octopodidae
Genus: Octopus
O. mercatoris
Binomial name
Octopus mercatoris
Adam, 1937

Octopus mercatoris, the Caribbean dwarf octopus, is a small octopus species native to the Caribbean Sea region of the Atlantic Ocean.

Though they are common, Octopus mercatoris are rarely seen.

The Caribbean dwarf octopus is mainly nocturnal, hunting by night and staying in a cave during the day. While most octopuses are cannibalistic, O. mercatoris is less cannibalistic than other species, and is sometimes found in small groups under rocks. They eat crabs, shrimps, and small fish.

This species has an average lifespan of 8–10 months. Because their eggs are large, they are sometimes kept and bred as pets.

External links[edit]

  • "CephBase: Octopus mercatoris". Archived from the original on 2005.