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Octopus Facts and Pictures

There is no shortage of interesting facts about octopus. First of all, octopuses is the plural of octopus. The creatures rank among the most mesmerizing of all cephalopod sea creatures. The octopus is a fascinating master of disguise.

You can find octopus species in all oceans around the world. Marine biologists have identified around 300 different Octopodidae species.

Octopus vulgaris is the common octopus. It exists and thrives best around tropical and subtropical shallow coral reef formations. All octopus species range in size range from 2cm up to three meters in length.

Octopuses are boneless soft-bodied invertebrate mollusks. But, they lose their typical octopus shape if they get taken out of water.

In general, octopus species do not have an internal or external skeleton. This means that the creature is able to squeeze into tight places around the reef. They do so in search of food and whenever there is a perceived threat from a predator.

Octopus - Six Arms and Two Legs

The Greek name 'octopus' means eight-footed but in fact an octopus has 8 limbs - six arms and two legs. Most species of octopus have two rows of circular sucker pads covering these arms or tentacles. The animal uses them for sensing taste. Some octopuses actually have a sharp beak found on their bulbous head or mantle.

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Pictures of Octopus: Not all octopus species exist in Thailand. The Pattaya fish species section has further information. Check out other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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