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California Two-Spot Octopus Video Stock Footage

Octopus bimaculatus is typically light brown and spotted in color with a distinctive blue and black false eye, or ocellus, under each eye. The mantle, including the beak and mouth, is located at the center of eight tentacles. Each of the tentacles is lined with suckers that are used to help with grasping prey, rocks, and forming shelters. Similar to other octopus species, O. bimaculatus has skin covered in chromatophores. During the post-larval stage, there are only a few chromatophores and they are called the "founder chromatophores." However, as the octopus matures, more chromatophores form and cover the skin. These chromatophores are pigments that the octopus can expand to create large disc of color that can blend in with the surrounding environment. This is an important behavior that can be used in both defense against predators or to remain hidden from prey before an ambush attack. Fully mature octopus grow to be about 18 inches long. Learn more about California Two-Spot Octopus

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Animalia: Mollusca: Octopoda: Cephalopoda: Octopodidae: Octopus bimaculatus

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