The imitation skills of the octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus Norman & Hochberg, 2005

Baček, Petra (2016) The imitation skills of the octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus Norman & Hochberg, 2005. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

The mimic octopus is an exclusively marine organism that belongs to the class of cephalopods It was discovered in 1998 and it stands out for its ability to change its skin color and texture in order to blend not only with the environment, but also to imitate the appearance of many local species. It is considered that it is not toxic because otherwise it would not have developed such complex system of mimicry Many animals are much better at imitating the same species as the mimic octopus but it is the only currently known marine animal to be able to mimic such a wide variety of animals. It is intelligent enough to recognize a specific threatening predator and mimic animals known to deter it. The species is still poorly researched and due to insufficient information its abundance is unknown. It is assumed that it is not an endangered species and that it has not been discovered in all of its natural habitats yet; in the Atlantic there are places with almost identical conditions as in the Indian and Pacific ocean, where it lives.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Lajtner, Jasna
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 16
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 10:48
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 10:48
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5267

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