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Maori Octopus

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Scientific name
Octopus maorum
Common name
Maori Octopus
Life on the Edge
Page 36
Group
Cephalopods – Octopus
Where to find
Reef and seagrass areas
Description

The Maori Octopus is a large, powerful predator with an orange-brown body and arms, with small white spots. The body can be up to 30 cm long and the arms can stretch to more than 1 m..

The grand nocturnal predator of the reef, the Maori Octopus may sometimes be seen in rockpools or on the reef edges when low tides and good torches coincide. This octopus hunts for crabs in the rockpools and has sometimes been seen using its umbrella-like mantle to parachute down onto its prey.

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