didn't realize what a rare find i had.......
About 3 months ago I sold a dwarf octopus to a customer. My supplier had mis-informed me that the octo had been collected in florida, so when I saw it I told the customer it was an O. Mercatoris, which is the most commonly collected dwarf octo originating from florida. Anyway, I found out yesterday that this octo is actually a O. Chierchiae, otherwise known as a dwarf pacific zebra octo, which is apparently a highly sought after yet rare species. I was skeptical until I saw this picture.http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/3294_jons_octo_1.jpg
Anyway, after doing some research I found that this is apparently a large-egged species that may potentially be bred in captivity. I plan on talking to my supplier that shipped me the first octopus and seeing if I can aquire about 6 more and try to start a breeding program with this rare species later this summer, i'll keep you all posted : )
Oh wow - I'll bet you could have kicked yourself when you found out what it actually was. It's a very unusual looking creature - do you have any more pictures?
Please do let us know if your supplier manages to acquire any more! :D
No more pic's as of yet, but the owner of the little guy is a very regular customer/friend of mine so now that I am aware of what this little gem truly is I plan on working very closely with him. I'll post pics when I can
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