Archive for February 22nd, 2012


Mutualism and the Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus)

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Since youth we have learned that the ocean covers approximately 70% of the earth’s surface.  Being home to more than 120,000 known ocean species, the ocean is witness to all types of relationships and interactions (Collins, 2010).  Among the most popular are parasitism and commensalism.  Parasitism is a symbiotic interaction where one organism (the parasite) […]

Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus)

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Thaumoctopus mimicus, also commonly known as the Mimic Octopus has an extraordinary ability to mimic other marine organisms. It grows up to approximately 2 feet at maturity and is brown with white stripes when in normal form. The Mimic octopus is only found in the tropical seas near Indonesia and was only recently discovered in […]