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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Marine Life
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Keywords:cephalopod, indonesia, lembeh, night, octopus, starry, strait
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Starry Night Octopus (1 of 5)

Starry Night Octopus (1 of 5)

Starry night octopus (Callistoctopus luteus)

Date taken: January 18, 2016 at 7:18pm
Dive site: Our favorite in Lembeh - Jahir 1, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

This is probably one of my favorite octopuses to see. It's one of the larger species (body up to 13cm / arms up to 80cm) and it only comes out at night. We've seen a couple in Indonesia and a couple in the Philippines but they're very rare (we've been incredibly fortunate to have seen as many as we have!). They're named for their white spots that litter their body when they're irritated. And, I've generally seen them with white spots because our lights must be irritating to these nocturnal critters!

My iNaturalist observation: 5178378
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