Wunderpus photogenicus
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Solitary, usually buried in sand in shallow water. Usually observed during afternoons, when it forages for small fish and crustaceans. It can display a dramatic brown and white stripped pattern when agitated or hunting. Its striped pattern and stalked eyes make it an easily recognizable species. It is sometimes confused with the mimic octopus, but the Wonderpus is smaller, the color of its stripes is clearer and most importantly, it doesnít acquire the shapes of other animals.
Frequency of sightings:
Best time of year:
All year round
Newly described species. Up to 30 cm in total lenght,5-25m depth
Divesites seen at:
Air Prang, Air Prang 2, Air Prang 3, Aw Shucks, Batu Merah, Batu Sandar, Critter Hunt, Goby A Crab, Hairball 1, Hairball 2, Hairball 3, Heynus, Jahir, Jahir 2, Jiko Yansi, Lembeh Resort House Reef, Magic Crack, Magic Rock, Makawide, Makawide 2, Makawide 3, Nudi Falls, Nudi Retreat, Pantai Kecil, Pantai Parigi, Pintu Colada, Pintu Kota Besar (Seagrass), Pintu Kota Kecil, Police Pier, Police Pier 2, Pulau Abadi, Retak Larry (Larrys Crack), Serena West, Slow Poke, Tanjung Kubur, Tanjung kusu-kusu, TK 1, TK2, TK3
Taxonomical order of this critter:
- Algae Octopus
- Blue-ringed octopus
- Coconut octopus or Veined octopus
- Hairy octopus
- Longarm Octopus
- Mimic octopus
- Mototi octopus
- Reef Octopus or Day octopus
- Starry night octopus
- Wunderpus octopus

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