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Caribbean reef octopus
Octopus briareus
Robson, 1929

Description:
The coloring and texture of this octopus is highly variable. When disturbed, it can be white, but most commonly, the animal is patterned brown with a green background. No dark rings around the suckers on the arms but a dark ring may be present around the eyes. The texture can be smooth or with points. The arms in rest are 4 to 6 times the body length.
Size: 25 - 50 cm, including arms.

Habitat:
Inhabits the reefs, hiding in recesses. This octopus is active during the night. It can hide in the smallest recesses in coral heads.
Depth: ranges from 5 m down to 30 m.

Distribution:
Common all over the Caribbean.

Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus)