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Octopus

octopus

(Science: zoology) A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including numerous species, some of them of large size. See devilfish.

Origin: NL. See Octopod.


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Re: Camouflage in nature

Gavin , I picked the octopus because of the number of different creatures it simulates (the degree of mimicry can not probably go any higher without actual body alteration and then it would be impossible to copy 5 different creatures ...

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by Nick7
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:27 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Re: Camouflage in nature

How did a mimic octopus slowly develop the capacity to mimic qualities of 5 different creatures, which were most likely changing those qualities over the same period of time for the same adaptation reasons? Probably by a slow selection ...

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by Gavin
Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:05 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Re: Camouflage in nature

... this question on a conceptual level and I keep repeating it and rephrasing it for better understanding what I’m trying to ask. How did a mimic octopus slowly develop the capacity to mimic qualities of 5 different creatures, which were most likely changing those qualities over the same period ...

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by Nick7
Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:33 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Re: Camouflage in nature

... to be a way more genetically active than the tree. And that’s why I used another example (actually there are so many), like an Indonesian mimic octopus (now that system has numerous degrees of freedom) since the octopus has to constantly catch up with a bunch of other animals who are most likely ...

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by Nick7
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Re: Camouflage in nature

... along with it, or find another strategy to survive. Evolution cannot predict the future but only deals with what survives best NOW. How did the octopus manage to catch up? How does it manage to complete the process before the same natural selection tosses not yet useful rudimentary endeavor ...

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by Gavin
Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:44 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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