The octopus is a delicate bodied, eight-limbed mollusk of the order Octopoda. Almost 300 species are known and the order is assembled inside the class Cephalopoda with squids, cuttlefish, and nautiloids.

Like different cephalopods, the octopus is reciprocally symmetric with two eyes and a beak. Along with its mouth at the inside point of the eight limbs (customarily called ‘arms’, now and again mistakenly called ‘tentacles’).

The delicate body can quickly change its shape, empowering octopuses to press through little holes. They trail their eight limbs behind them as they swim.

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The siphon is utilized both for breath and for headway, by removing a stream of water. Octopuses have a complex sensory system and incredible sight. Also, they are among the most shrewd and behaviourally different of all invertebrates.


Scientific Name

Vernacular Names

  • English: common octopus
  • Albanian: likurishtja
  • Catalan: Pop roquer
  • Czech: Chobotnice pobřežní
  • Danish: almindelig ottearmet blæksprutte
  • Dutch: Gewone achtarm
  • Finnish: Meritursas
  • French: Pieuvre
  • Galician: polvo
  • German: gemeiner Krake
  • Greek: Χταπόδι
  • Hausa: azeiz
  • Italian: Polpo di scoglio
  • Japanese: ma-dako tako
  • Polish: Ośmiornica zwyczajna
  • Portuguese: polvo-vulgar
  • Russian: obiknovenniy osminog
  • Spanish: Pulpo común
  • Swedish: attaarmade bläckfiskar


History about the octopus is given below:

Origin Of Octopus

Cephalopods have existed for 500 million years and octopus predecessors were in the Carboniferous oceans 300 million years prior.

Fossil Records Of Octopus

The eldest known octopus fossil is Pohlsepia, which lived 296 million years back. Scientists have distinguished signs of eight arms, two eyes, and perhaps an ink sac.

Octopuses are generally delicate tissue, thus fossils are moderately uncommon. Octopuses, squids and cuttlefish have a place with the clade Coleoidea. Also, they are known as ‘delicate bodied’ cephalopods.

Without the outside shell of most molluscs and different cephalopods like the Nautiloids and the wiped out Ammonoidea. On the other hand, octopuses have eight appendages like different coleoids.

Yet do not have the additional particular feeding extremities known as arms which are longer and more slender with suckers just at their club-like ends. The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis) also needs limbs yet has tangible filaments.

Two conceivable surviving cephalopod phylogenies, in light of hereditary qualities, ponders by Strugnell et al. 2007, are appearing in the conceivable cladograms.

Distinctive Features Of Octopus

Octopuses can make diverting features with waves of dull hue over the body, a show known as the “passing cloud”. Muscles in the skin change the surface of the mantle to accomplish major cover.

In a few octopus varieties, the mantle can go up against the spiky appearance of green growth. On the other hand, the skin life systems are constrained to moderately uniform shades of one shading with the restricted skin surface.

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Octopuses that are diurnal and live in shallow water have advanced more mind-boggling skin than their nighttime and remote ocean partners.


Octopuses live in every sea and diverse species are adjusting to various marine habitats. As adolescents, regular octopuses occupy shallow tide pools. The Hawaiian day Octopus cyanea lives on coral reefs.

Argonauts float in pelagic waters. Abdopus aculeatus, for the most part, lives in close shore seagrass beds. A few animal categories live in the cold seabeds. No species live in crisp water.

The spoon type octopus (Bathypolypus arcticus) is in deep fields at beds of 1,000 m (3,300 ft). Also, Vulcanoctopus hydrothermalis lives close aqueous vents at 2,000 m (6,600 ft). The cirrate species are frequently free-swimming and live in deep water habitats.


The morphology of the Octopoda is described below:


Tubular strong organ, funnel-shaped at its opening at the dorsal mantle depression. The octopus releases water through it to move rapidly and to oxygenate itself.


The thick crease of tissue encompassing the body of the octopus and emitting the shell, which is covering inside.


Created organ of sight used to make out light force, movement, shapes and certain hues.


Long great strong limb situated around the mouth and utilized for velocity and getting a handle on.


Cement plate encompassed by an adaptable ring situated on the ventral surface of the arm and utilized for suction and mooring.


Octopuses bring caught prey back to the cave where they can eat it securely. Also, the octopus gets more prey than it can eat and the cave is regularly encompassed by a midden of dead and uneaten food things.

Different animals, for example, angle, crabs, mollusks and echinoderms, regularly share the cave with the octopus. Also, on the grounds that they have landed as foragers or because of the fact that they have survived catch.

Food Habits

Octopuses eat a variety of sea creatures. They usually hunt down crabs and mollusks. Also, they like to eat snails and slugs. Shrimp and small fish are also of its interest. To hunt for food, the octopus reaches the rocks under the sea with the points of its arms.


Octopuses inhabit different areas of the sea, including coral reefs, pelagic waters and the seabed. Some live in the intertidal zone and others at extreme depths of the sea. Most species develop quick, develop early and are short-lived.

During reproducing, the male uses a uniquely adjusted arm to convey a heap of sperm specifically into the female’s mantle cavity. After which he winds up senescent and dies. The female stores treated eggs in a cave and tend to them until the point that they hatch. After that, she also dies.

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Procedures to shield themselves against predators incorporate the removal of ink, the use of disguise and danger shows, their capacities to stream rapidly through the water and cover up. Also, even through double-dealing, they protect themselves.

Life Span Of Octopus

Although, octopuses have a generally short future; a few species live for as small as a half year. The goliath Pacific octopus, one of the two biggest types of octopus, may live for as much as five years.

Octopus life expectancy is by propagation: Males can live for just a couple of months soon after mating. The females pass on soon after their eggs bring forth.

lifespan of octopus
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Octopus regenerative organs develop because of the hormonal impact of the optic organ. But result in the inactivation of their stomach related organs, normally making the octopus kick the bucket from starvation.

Experimental evacuation of both optic organs result in the suspension of broodiness, the resumption of bolstering, expanded development, and significantly broadened life expectancies.

Behavior Of Octopus

Most species are singular when not mating. However, a couple of them occur in high densities. Also, present with frequent connections, flagging, mate guarding and ousting of people from nooks.

On the other hand, this is likely the aftereffect of plenteous sustenance supplies joined with restricted cave sites. Octopuses cover-up in nooks, which are regularly fissuring in rough outcrops or other hard structures.

However, a few species tunnel into sand or mud. Octopuses are not regional but rather for the most part stay in a home range; they may leave the zone looking for sustenance.

Moreover, octopuses route aptitudes to come back to a lair without retracing their outward route. They are not a migratory purpose.


The logical name Octopoda was first instituted and also given as the order of octopuses in 1818 by English scholar William Elford Leach. He characterized them as Octopoida the past year.

The Octopoda comprises almost 300 species and will isolate into two suborders, the Incirrina, and the Cirrina. While the intimate octopuses (the dominant part of species) do not have the cirri.

Moreover, they lack the combined swimming blades of the cirrates. Also, the inner shell of incirrates is either present as a couple of stylets or missing altogether.


Known Hazards

All species are venomous, however, just blue-ringed octopuses have venom that is deadly to humans. Besides, they nibble just when incited or inadvertently ventured upon; chomps are little and normally effortless.

All octopuses are venomous, however, just the blue-ringed octopuses are known to be fatal to people. However, the venom seems to be ready to enter the skin without a cut, given delayed contact.

Besides, it contains tetrodotoxin, which causes loss of motion by obstructing the transmission of nerve driving forces to the muscles. On the other hand, it causes demise by respiratory unsuccess prompting cerebral anoxia.

Moreover, the breathing may prop up misleadingly, patients recuperate within 24 hours. Although, bites from hostage octopuses of different species; they leave swellings which vanish in a day or two.

Similar Species

Species that are similar to the octopus are:

Octopus Fun Facts

Apart from all the hazards, there are also some fun facts about the Octopus:

Although, these fun facts are quite interesting yet there are some dangers as well.


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Amna Shaheen

I have done Bachelors in Computer Software Engineering from Foundation University in 2017. Now, I am doing MS in Project Management and I am a blogger at TapeDaily. I am very passionate about plants and animals. I like to study about them, so I write blogs that are related to plants and animals.

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