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Documentation of the mimic octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Darren J. Coker (a1)

Abstract

A mimic octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus is documented for the first time in Australian waters off Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia during a low tide on 4 June 2012. One adult was found and this suggests that their geographical distribution is larger than currently documented.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: D.J. Coker, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4812, Australia email: Darren.coker@my.jcu.edu.au

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Documentation of the mimic octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Darren J. Coker (a1)

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