The common octopus can hear sounds between 400 Hz and 1000 Hz, and hears best at 600 Hz. [34] In addition, the internal shell of incirrates is either present as a pair of stylets or absent altogether. The octopus's suction cups are equipped with chemoreceptors so the octopus can taste what it touches. [38] Extensive connective tissue lattices support the respiratory muscles and allow them to expand the respiratory chamber. Another species — the larger Pacific striped octopus, cataloged by California researchers — shares dens with mates and makes love in the position favored by missionaries. Latest: octobot; Monday at 6:05 AM; octobot's News Desk [110], Some octopuses, such as the mimic octopus, can combine their highly flexible bodies with their colour-changing ability to mimic other, more dangerous animals, such as lionfish, sea snakes, and eels. The California two-spot octopus has had its genome sequenced, allowing exploration of its molecular adaptations. [79] Major items in the diet of the giant Pacific octopus include bivalve molluscs such as the cockle Clinocardium nuttallii, clams and scallops and crustaceans such as crabs and spider crabs. [22] Octopuses may also use the statocyst to hear sound. Abdopus aculeatus mostly lives in near-shore seagrass beds. The urine is first formed in the pericardial cavity, and is modified by excretion, chiefly of ammonia, and selective absorption from the renal appendages, as it is passed along the associated duct and through the nephridiopore into the mantle cavity. Octopuses have three hearts; a systemic heart that circulates blood around the body and two branchial hearts that pump it through each of the two gills. The scientific Latin term octopus was derived from Ancient Greek ὀκτώπους, a compound form of ὀκτώ (oktō, "eight") and πούς (pous, "foot"), itself a variant form of ὀκτάπους, a word used for example by Alexander of Tralles (c. 525–605) for the common octopus. The larger Pacific striped octopus is an exception, as it can reproduce multiple times over a life of around two years. [58] Cirrate octopuses lack the ink sac. [134][135][136] The Akkorokamui is a gigantic octopus-like monster from Ainu folklore. [105] The Atlantic white-spotted octopus (Callistoctopus macropus) turns bright brownish red with oval white spots all over in a high contrast display. The search for the origin of life: From panspermia to primordial soup. The oldest known octopus fossil is Pohlsepia, which lived 296 million years ago. [84], Cirrate octopuses cannot produce jet propulsion and rely on their fins for swimming. Ian Fleming's 1966 short story collection Octopussy and The Living Daylights, and the 1983 James Bond film were partly inspired by Hugo's book. [27], The skin consists of a thin outer epidermis with mucous cells and sensory cells, and a connective tissue dermis consisting largely of collagen fibres and various cells allowing colour change. One such species is the giant Pacific octopus, in which courtship is accompanied, especially in the male, by changes in skin texture and colour. The ingress of water is achieved by contraction of radial muscles in the mantle wall, and flapper valves shut when strong circular muscles force the water out through the siphon. [78], A benthic (bottom-dwelling) octopus typically moves among the rocks and feels through the crevices. Jet propulsion or backwards swimming, is their fastest means of locomotion, followed by swimming and crawling. [123] Octopuses have eight limbs like other coleoids but lack the extra specialised feeding appendages known as tentacles which are longer and thinner with suckers only at their club-like ends. The tract consists of a crop, where the food is stored; a stomach, where food is ground down; a caecum where the now sludgy food is sorted into fluids and particles and which plays an important role in absorption; the digestive gland, where liver cells break down and absorb the fluid and become "brown bodies"; and the intestine, where the accumulated waste is turned into faecal ropes by secretions and blown out of the funnel via the rectum. [143][144], Since it has numerous arms emanating from a common centre, the octopus is often used as a symbol for a powerful and manipulative organisation. [63]:74–75[67], In the argonaut (paper nautilus), the female secretes a fine, fluted, papery shell in which the eggs are deposited and in which she also resides while floating in mid-ocean. [91][92] Octopuses have also been observed in what has been described as play: repeatedly releasing bottles or toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them. [27] Food is broken down and is forced into the oesophagus by two lateral extensions of the esophageal side walls in addition to the radula. [90][99][100], Octopuses use camouflage when hunting and to avoid predators. The blood circulates through the aorta and capillary system, to the vena cavae, after which the blood is pumped through the gills by the auxiliary hearts and back to the main heart. Crabs may also be treated in this way; tough-shelled species are more likely to be drilled, and soft-shelled crabs are torn apart. An autonomic response keeps the octopus's eyes oriented so that the pupil is always horizontal. [75] The larger Pacific striped octopus however is social, living in groups of up to 40 individuals that share dens. [107], Once they have been seen by a predator, they commonly try to escape but can also use distraction with an ink cloud ejected from the ink sac. [102], Octopuses can create distracting patterns with waves of dark coloration across the body, a display known as the "passing cloud". Jetting is used to escape from danger, but is physiologically inefficient, requiring a mantle pressure so high as to stop the heart from beating, resulting in a progressive oxygen deficit. [138] The dorsal side of the disc grows upwards and forms the embryo, with a shell gland on its dorsal surface, gills, mantle and eyes. For example, a stone carving found in the archaeological recovery from Bronze Age Minoan Crete at Knossos (1900–1100 BC) has a depiction of a fisherman carrying an octopus. [42] The radula is a spiked, muscular tongue-like organ with multiple rows of tiny teeth. The giant Pacific octopus is considered to be long-lived compared to other species, with lifespans typically 3–5 years in the wild. It was described in 1829 by the French zoologist Georges Cuvier, who supposed it to be a parasitic worm, naming it as a new species, Hectocotylus octopodis. Ironically called the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus, its tennis ball size is small, but the creature is large in life. When it is resting after a meal, absorption through the skin can drop to 3% of its total oxygen uptake. Grimpoteuthis has a reduced or non-existent radula and swallows prey whole. This lover calls the shallow murky waters off the coast of Nicaragua and Panama home. Dr. Arcadio Rodaniche initially mentioned the species in a paper back in 1977 and published a … New research published in the journal PLOS ONE, however, documents unique social behaviors among several specimens of the larger Pacific str Founded in 2000, we have built a large community of experts, hobbyists and enthusiasts, some of whom come together when we host our biennial conference.To join in on the fun, sign up - it's free! The head includes the mouth and brain. In 2015 a team in Italy built soft-bodied robots able to crawl and swim, requiring only minimal computation. [124][125][126] The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis) also lacks tentacles but has sensory filaments. [55], The arms contain tension sensors so the octopus knows whether its arms are stretched out, but this is not sufficient for the brain to determine the position of the octopus's body or arms. "[159] Aristotle noted that the octopus had a hectocotyl arm and suggested it might be used in sexual reproduction. [26] The cirrate species are often free-swimming and live in deep-water habitats. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the most intelligent and behaviourally diverse of all invertebrates. [88][89] "Stilt walking" is used by the veined octopus when carrying stacked coconut shells. They are eaten and considered a delicacy by humans in many parts of the world, especially the Mediterranean and the Asian seas. [106] Displays are often reinforced by stretching out the animal's arms, fins or web to make it look as big and threatening as possible. They have three hearts and multiple brains, with an intelligence rivalling that of famously smart animals such as crows and apes, and their visual communication abilities are mysterious and beguiling. [63]:74 The female aerates the eggs and keeps them clean; if left untended, many eggs will not hatch. This causes death by respiratory failure leading to cerebral anoxia. The larger Pacific striped octopus is an exception, as it can reproduce multiple times over a life of around two years. [164] Their problem-solving skills, along with their mobility and lack of rigid structure enable them to escape from supposedly secure tanks in laboratories and public aquariums. Southern New England is the northern extent of this creature's range—and in North Atlantic waters, these adaptable invertebrates generally grow to 24-36 inches and have a natural lifespan of 12-18 months. [35][36][37] In cold conditions with low oxygen levels, haemocyanin transports oxygen more efficiently than haemoglobin. It can change color and shape. In fact there is one octopus that just might be the start of a new trend in octopus evolution: The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Observing and recording the incredibly unique cohabitation, hunting, and mating behaviours of this fascinating octopus was beyond exciting – almost like watching cryptozoology turn into real-life zoology. Octopus lifespan is limited by reproduction: males can live for only a few months after mating, and females die shortly after their eggs hatch. All octopuses are venomous, but only the blue-ringed octopuses are known to be deadly to humans. As progress is made, other arms move ahead to repeat these actions and the original suckers detach. [39][37], The thin skin of the octopus absorbs additional oxygen. During crawling, the heart rate nearly doubles, and the animal requires ten or fifteen minutes to recover from relatively minor exercise. Octopuses inhabit various regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, pelagic waters, and the seabed; some live in the intertidal zone and others at abyssal depths. Staff member. Octopuses appear in Japanese erotic art, shunga. Moderator. [15] The largest specimen of this species to be scientifically documented was an animal with a live mass of 71 kg (156.5 lb). I. 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They provide information on the position of the body relative to gravity and can detect angular acceleration. [19][20] The smallest species is Octopus wolfi, which is around 2.5 cm (1 in) and weighs less than 1 g (0.035 oz). [170], Soft-bodied eight-limbed order of molluscs, This article is about the order of cephalopod. Captive animals have been found to be more susceptible to pathogens than wild ones. The male argonaut is minute by comparison and has no shell. ", "What's Odd About That Octopus? During gastrulation, the margins of this grow down and surround the yolk, forming a yolk sac, which eventually forms part of the gut. … Larger Pacific Striped Octopuses mate in a beak-to-beak position, as if kissing. [152] Methods to capture octopuses include pots, traps, trawls, snares, drift fishing, spearing, hooking and hand collection. Muscles in the skin change the texture of the mantle to achieve greater camouflage. The female Larger Pacific Striped Octopus is iteroparous meaning that she lays and broods many clutches of eggs over her lifetime. [90], Octopuses are highly intelligent; the extent of their intelligence and learning capability are not well defined. vulgaris. The yolk is gradually absorbed as the embryo develops. In an alternative method of swimming, some species flatten themselves dorso-ventrally, and swim with the arms held out sideways, and this may provide lift and be faster than normal swimming. [71], Octopuses live in every ocean, and different species have adapted to different marine habitats. When a sucker attaches to a surface, the orifice between the two structures is sealed. Adults usually weigh around 15 kg (33 lb), with an arm span of up to 4.3 m (14 ft). They have neutral buoyancy and drift through the water with the fins extended. Only two or three giant Pacific octopus paralarvae will live to reproduce. The ink is thought to reduce the efficiency of olfactory organs, which would aid evasion from predators that employ smell for hunting, such as sharks. [8][9], Fowler's Modern English Usage states that the only acceptable plural in English is "octopuses", that "octopi" is misconceived, and "octopodes" pedantic;[10][11][12] the latter is nonetheless used frequently enough to be acknowledged by the descriptivist Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate Dictionary and Webster's New World College Dictionary. [140][141] The print is a forerunner of tentacle erotica. [115] A gram-negative bacterium, Vibrio lentus, has been found to cause skin lesions, exposure of muscle and death of octopuses in extreme cases. The larger Pacific striped octopus (still so new to science it does not yet have a formal Latin name) was first spotted some 40 years ago. The animal, referred to only as the larger Pacific striped octopus (LPSO), does seem to be a social species, and a couple of other types of octopus have now been discovered that also show social behaviour. This makes the blood very viscous and it requires considerable pressure to pump it around the body; octopuses' blood pressures can exceed 75 mmHg (10 kPa). Before reaching the branchial heart, each branch of the vena cava expands to form renal appendages which are in direct contact with the thin-walled nephridium. Beyond the breathless prospect of octopus communities with hive minds even smarter than any of their members, these breakthroughs indicate it is time for us …. They have been reported to practise observational learning,[95] although the validity of these findings is contested. Most octopuses prefer the solitary life. [22][28] The mouth of an octopus, located underneath the arms, has a sharp hard beak. )", "Ask an expert: Are there any freshwater cephalopods? These animals lay large eggs three to six weeks after mating. A battle with an octopus appears in Victor Hugo's book Toilers of the Sea, inspiring other works such as Ian Fleming's Octopussy. [39] The lamella structure of the gills allows for a high oxygen uptake, up to 65% in water at 20 Â°C (68 Â°F). "Interspecific Evaluation of Octopus Escape Behavior", "Armed but not dangerous: Is the octopus really the invertebrate intellect of the sea", "Giant Octopus – Mighty but Secretive Denizen of the Deep", "What behavior can we expect of octopuses? [151] The world catch peaked in 2007 at 380,000 tons, and fell by a tenth by 2012. The testis in males and the ovary in females bulges into the gonocoel and the gametes are released here. Another diver recorded the encounter on video. Is farming them ethical? [61] The hectocotylus in benthic octopuses is usually the third right arm, which has a spoon-shaped depression and modified suckers near the tip. 66% of Enteroctopus dofleini in one study had scars, with 50% having amputated arms. A pair of larger Pacific striped octopus, or LPSOs, separate after mating. [53], Attached to the brain are two special organs called statocysts (sac-like structures containing a mineralised mass and sensitive hairs), that allow the octopus to sense the orientation of its body. Existing subscribers, please log in with your email address to link your account access. Live octopuses are eaten in several countries around the world, including the US. The sac is close enough to the funnel for the octopus to shoot out the ink with a water jet. [7] The alternative plural "octopi" is considered grammatically incorrect because it wrongly assumes that octopus is a Latin second declension "-us" noun or adjective when, in either Greek or Latin, it is a third declension noun. It is able to grasp objects such as a metal tube, a magazine, or a ball, and to fill a glass by pouring water from a bottle. [84] When in no hurry, they usually crawl on either solid or soft surfaces. [79][80] Octopuses feed on shelled molluscs either by forcing the valves apart, or by drilling a hole in the shell to inject a nerve toxin. [82], Some species have other modes of feeding. [113] The Dicyemidae are a family of tiny worms that are found in the renal appendages of many species;[114] it is unclear whether they are parasitic or are endosymbionts. [116], The scientific name Octopoda was first coined and given as the order of octopuses in 1818 by English biologist William Elford Leach,[117] who classified them as Octopoida the previous year. It can detect local texture variations, but cannot integrate the information into a larger picture. Unlike other octopus species, females survive many years to lay several clutches of eggs, rather than dying after reproducing once. [160][161] Other zoologists thought it a spermatophore; the German zoologist Heinrich Müller believed it was "designed" to detach during copulation. Most octopus species live their lives largely on their own. The animal, referred to only as the larger Pacific striped octopus (LPSO), does seem to be a social species, and a couple of other types of octopus … This is likely the result of abundant food supplies combined with limited den sites. The creature may make a jet-propelled pounce on prey and pull it towards the mouth with its arms, the suckers restraining it. Octopuses usually inject crustaceans like crabs with a paralysing saliva then dismember them with their beaks. The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus was discovered in 1991, but it was largely forgotten for more than a decade. You can also become a Supporter for just $50/year to remove all ads and gain access to our Supporters forum. As juveniles, common octopuses inhabit shallow tide pools. [78], Nearly all octopuses are predatory; bottom-dwelling octopuses eat mainly crustaceans, polychaete worms, and other molluscs such as whelks and clams; open-ocean octopuses eat mainly prawns, fish and other cephalopods. The molecular analysis of the octopods shows that the suborder Cirrina (Cirromorphida) and the superfamily Argonautoidea are paraphyletic and are broken up; these names are shown in quotation marks and italics on the cladogram. To do this they use specialised skin cells which change the appearance of the skin by adjusting its colour, opacity, or reflectivity. There is some speculation that he may first use his hectocotylus to remove any spermatophore or sperm already present in the female. 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