Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Creature 106: Wunderpus photogenicus

Just a Bizarre looking Octopus

The Wunderpus photogenicus is a very photogenic octopus which goes by the common name of wonderpus. It is moat notable for its amazing coloration patterns.

The pattern of distinct white markings are unique to each individual, a bit like a fingerprint. I can't find any information on weather they are capable of recognizing each other. Apart from its bizarre coloration and cool name it is not that unusual for an octopus.

The wonderpus is found near the coastline of the South East Asian Islands in the Java and Sulu seas, extending into the Melanesian region.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollucsa
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Octopodidae
Genus: Wunderpus 
Species: Wunderpus photogenicus

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