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Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus) Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Jul 19, 2017 Caribbean reef octopus,Geotagged,Mexico,Octopus briareus,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus)

Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Jul 19, 2017

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  1. We saw several of these guys out and about on a night dive. They were very cooperative, and I got a nice video (see attached) of one of them on the prowl, changing from yellow to turquoise and back again, and even altering the texture of its skin! Posted one year ago

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The Caribbean reef octopus is a coral reef marine animal. It has eight long arms that vary in length and diameter. The mantle is large and chunky in comparison . This species is difficult to describe because it changes color and texture to blend into its surroundings, using specialised skin cells known as chromatophores. Its color range is very large; it can change from crimson to green, and bumpy to smooth. It weighs around 3.3 lb or 1.5 kg.

Similar species: Octopuses
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Jan 14, 2018. Captured Jul 19, 2017 20:30 in Av. Rafael E. Melgar 601, Centro, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico.
  • DMC-TZ70
  • f/5.4
  • 10/2000s
  • ISO800
  • 25.6mm