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The Octopus News Magazine Online


octopus : any of a genus (Octopus) of cephalopod mollusks that have eight muscular arms equipped with two rows of suckers; broadly : any octopod excepting the paper nautilus — Webster

octopuses or octopi (Merriam-Webster)
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Octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-armed mollusc of the order Octopoda. Around 300 species are recognized and the order is grouped within the class Cephalopoda with squids, cuttlefish and nautiloids. Like other cephalopods, the octopus is bilaterally symmetric with two eyes and a beak, with its mouth at the centre point of the arms (which are sometimes mistakenly called “tentacles”). The soft body can rapidly alter its shape, enabling octopuses to squeeze through small gaps. They trail their eight arms behind them as they swim. The siphon is used both for respiration and for locomotion, by expelling a jet of water. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the most intelligent and behaviorally diverse of all invertebrates. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica


Octopus Facts (Alina Bradford, Live Science)
Ten Curious Facts About Octopuses (Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian.com)
Octopus Facts (Alina Bradford, Live Science)




On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug (JoAnna Klein, New York Times)



Fossil Octopuses (The Octopus News Magazine Online)


WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library



Why the octopus brain is so extraordinary (Cláudio L. Guerra, TED-Ed)

Octopus and Squid (Biology4Kids)


OER Commons: Open Educational Resources


The Octopus News Magazine Online, Phys.org, NPR Archives









A Brief History Of Octopi Taking Over The World (Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science)
Octopus Jokes (Worst Jokes Ever)


OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form


Song Lyrics


Giant Squid & Octopus: History and Evidence (Anomalies)
4 Cephalopods from Myth and Folklore: Celebrating World Octopus (Kattyayani’s Blog)



The Octopus News Magazine Online TONMO.com: Your Cephalopod Information Center (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish, Nautilus, Fossils)

  • New Antarctic deep-sea doco with cool squid...
    by invalid@example.com (Tintenfisch) on May 21, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Hi folks... after a rather unbelievably long wait, the documentary I was part of in January 2017 is finally airing in the US. It will be on tomorrow evening (16 May) in the US, on Nat Geo Wild. Don't know exact time, sorry. But you can apparently also watch it here Channel Homepage . The title is a bit of a mystery... we weren't hunting the giant squid... but OK. Still encountered some stunning animals (cephs and others). I have not actually seen this version, but I hope those who watch it […]

  • Theon - O. briareus Back with a new baby!
    by invalid@example.com (sedna) on May 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I got this new little one two weeks ago from KP Aquatics. I haven’t had one since the last one passed in December, and now that we’re safely two weeks into acclimation, I’m ready to start a journal! I’d say it’s a small briareus, but sometimes I’ve thought that and they turn out to be a joubini. I just got those FluvalSmart lights and love the ability to control dawn & dusk! I’ve been keeping it set to 1% red light over night, starting at 7pm […]

  • Want to name a giant squid? (Also: meet our...
    by invalid@example.com (Tintenfisch) on May 20, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Soooooo while I wasn't looking, our resident Crafting Wizard @Heather Braid made a full-scale anatomically correct female giant squid, with internal organs and removable beak. We have many marine-education-related plans for her (the squid, but also Heather I suppose) but first she needs a name! We've put out a call for suggestions on Twitter, but would love to hear suggestions from the TONMO community as well, since we know you all to be brilliant, ceph-minded and--above all--punny! […]

  • Found this Octopus
    by invalid@example.com (SquidArcher) on May 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    So I found this octopus at my LFS. Wondering what species it could be. Mantle length was around 1-2 inches. […]

  • Red Lights
    by invalid@example.com (CaptFish) on May 20, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    So as I continue my search for good way to make a tank red for nocturnal viewing I cam across these: Fluorescent Colored Light Bulbshttp://www.buylightfixtures.com/f40t12-fluorescent-colored-light-bulbs.aspx Red LED screw in light bulbhttp://www.bulbamerica.com/osram-s14-led-bulb-with-red-transparent-cover.html another Red LED screw in http://www.bulbamerica.com/osram-g19-1w-red-led-bulb.html this one is LED and multi color you twist it to change colors - these also come in different bulb […]

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  • Smallest pixels ever created could light up...
    on May 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    The smallest pixels yet created—a million times smaller than those in smartphones, made by trapping particles of light under tiny rocks of gold—could be used for new types of large-scale flexible displays, big enough to cover entire buildings. […]

  • Low oxygen levels could temporarily blind marine...
    on May 9, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have found that low oxygen levels in seawater could blind some marine invertebrates. […]

  • Squid skin inspires creation of next-generation...
    on April 29, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Drawing design inspiration from the skin of stealthy sea creatures, engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a next-generation, adaptive space blanket that gives users the ability to control their temperature. The innovation is detailed in a study published today in Nature Communications. […]

  • Squid team finds high species diversity off...
    on April 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Squids and octopuses could be considered the "parrots of the ocean". Some are smart, and many have complex behaviours. And, of course, they have strange, bird-like beaks. […]

  • 4-D-printed materials can be stiff as wood or...
    on March 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Imagine smart materials that can morph from being stiff as wood to as soft as a sponge—and also change shape. […]