Octopus insularis is a medium sized carnivorous species of octopus(mantle length up to 30cm, weighing up to 10kg(Leite et al 2008)). O. insularis feed on a variety of crustaceans, bivalves, and gastropods and have been observed using poke and crawl behaviors while foraging. Body color changes from yellow to reddish-brown in living specimens. Fecundity is high and paired with small egg size(213,000 oocytes under 1.5mm) and pelagic hatchlings, allowing for a wide dispersal potential. Males reach sexual maturity at a smaller size than females. O. insularis are benthic organisms, residing in the shallow tropical waters of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean.
- T. S. Leite, et al Morphological and genetic description of Octopus insularis, a new cryptic species in the Octopus vulgaris complex (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) from the tropical southwestern AtlanticJ. Mollus. Stud. (2008) 74 (1): 63-74 doi:10.1093/mollus/eym050
- Tatiana Silva Leite, et al Octopus insularis (Octopodidae), evidences of a specialized predator and a time-minimizing hunter Marine Biology (Impact Factor: 2.28). 04/2012; 156(11):2355-2367. DOI:10.1007/s00227-009-1264-4
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