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The mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, is a unique species of octopus capable of impersonating other sea animals. Most octopi are famous for being able to change their skin color and texture in order to blend in with their surrounding background, such as algae-encrusted rock and nearby coral. This is done through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. The mimic octopus does contain these chromatophors, and does have the ability to blend in with backgrounds as well. However, what makes the Mimic octopus different from its relatives is its ability to take the shape of not only objects, such as coral and rock, but also some animals. The mimic octopus is the only known aquatic species to be able to impersonate an array of different sea animals via behavior. Although many animals who can imitate a different species to avoid or intimidate predators, the mimic octopus is the only one who can choose from many types of forms depending on what predator they are trying to elude.
The mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, is a unique species of octopus capable of impersonating other sea animals. Most octopi are famous for being able to change their skin color and texture in order to blend in with their surrounding background, such as algae-encrusted rock and nearby coral. This is done through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. The mimic octopus does contain these chromatophors, and does have the ability to blend in with backgrounds as well. However, what makes the...
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