Southern Blue-Ringed Octopus

Hapalochlaena maculosa (Hoyle, 1883)

A small octopus that hides under rocks coming out at night to feed and forage this octopus when resting is a pale brown colour but when agitated bright iridescent blue rings are highlighted over the entire animal.

A key thing to remember is that the blue rings are not always visible, and any small octopus shout be treated with care

Warning:Be aware this species is a deadly species the saliva contains the potentially lethal neurotoxin tetrodotoxin handling these animals is not recommended do not be fooled by the size

How to identify Hapalochlaena maculosa?

What habitats does Hapalochlaena maculosa live in?

Can be found on rocky reefs or areas of rubble and in seagrass meadows, from the intertidal areas out to a depth of at least 50m

What is the distribution of Hapalochlaena maculosa?

Southern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Hapalochlaena maculosa grow?

Can grow to have a mantle length of around 6cm, with a total overal length of around 22cm

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