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Octopus bimaculoides Pickford & McConnaughey, 1949
California Two-Spot Octopus
It gets its name from the false eye spot under each real eye known as the ocellus. In O.bimaculoides, the ocellus is an iridescent blue, chain-link circle set in a circle of black. These octopuses live one to two years. The end is signaled by egg-laying in the female or senility in the male. Adults feed on clams, mussels, small crabs, crayfish, and snails. Hatchlings feed on amphipods or mysid shrimp.
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Catalina Island -- Peace Dive Boat -- June 2013