03-16-2008, 02:23 PM
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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.
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 : )