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, member of the class Cephalopoda, the most highly organized group of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), and including the squids, octopuses, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. The class as a whole has become adapted for a free-swimming existence.
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 mollusk having no shell, eight muscular arms or tentacles, a pouch-shaped body, and two large, highly developed eyes. The prey (crabs, lobsters, and other shellfish) is seized by the sucker-bearing arms and pulled into the web of tissue at the base of the arms, paralyzed and partially digested by a poisonous salivary secretion, and chewed by the horny, beaklike jaws and the radula, or tooth ribbon. Octopuses move by pulling themselves along with their arms or by forcibly expelling water through the funnel or siphon in the manner of their near relative, the squid. Sometimes they construct barricades of large stones; most hide in rocky crevices at the approach of danger or cloud the water by ejecting dark "ink" from the ink sac. They also change color (from pinkish to brown) according to mood and environment, sometimes exhibiting rapid waves of color changes that sweep over the body. The 3-ft (91-cm) American devilfish is found off Florida and in the West Indies; a smaller species that reaches only 2 in. (5 cm) is found N of Cape Cod. The common octopus of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic occasionally reaches 10 ft (3 m) in length; the giant octopus of the Pacific may have a diameter of over 30 ft (9 m). Octopuses reproduce sexually. One of the arms of the male is modified into a sexual organ that deposits spermatophores in the mantle cavity of the female. The eggs are encased in capsules and attached to a rock, where the female guards them. The young hatch directly, without a larval stage. Octopus is eaten in many parts of the world. Octopuses are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Cephalopoda, order Octopoda, family Octopodidae, genus Octopus.

What does it mean when you dream about an octopus?

An octopus in a dream may signify that a situation or a personal relationship has completely entangled the dreamer. Alternatively, the dreamer may be too possessive and clinging in a relationship. If the dreamer is leaving home or a job in real life, this dream symbol may indicate the dreamer is clinging to a family member (e.g., the person’s mother or spouse) or to the employer or fellow employees. If the dream has a positive emotional tone, it may show someone involved in many different things.


(invertebrate zoology)
Any member of the genus Octopus in the family Octopodidae; the body is round with a large head and eight partially webbed arms, each bearing two rows of suckers, and there is no shell.


1. any cephalopod mollusc of the genera Octopus, Eledone, etc., having a soft oval body with eight long suckered tentacles and occurring at the sea bottom: order Octopoda (octopods)
2. another name for spider


You may say, “Who dreams of an octopus?” but people do, and you probably did if you are looking up this dream symbol. Frightening dreams involving an octopus may point to unhealthy attachments and entanglements in daily life. If the dream content was not frightening or disturbing, it may reflect your involvement in many different activities or adventures.
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There was also a high tide at around the time the octopuses are thought to have started appearing - so could a storm surge have dropped them on the beach?
Unlike other octopuses, the LPSO doesn't just pounce.
Like most incirrate octopuses, this species is semelparous and, therefore, females die after a single batch of eggs hatch (High, 1976).
from Colombia in a monophyletic clade, with the specimens from South America (Peru and Chile) forming 1 group and the octopuses from North and Central America (Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia) forming another.
The cases containing the octopuses came with certificates guaranteeing that they are not contaminated with any radioactive substances released by the Fukushima plant.
Five yoked octopuses (Octopus vulgaris Lamarck, size 100-200 g) were pre-trained to attack a white vertical rectangle (5 X 2 cm) for a food reward (16).
According to Steve Vogel, a curator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, octopuses use them to catch prey like lobsters and fish and pull them into their beaklike mouths.
Akashi in Hyogo prefecture -- a port on the sheltered sea between two of Japan's main islands, Honshu and Shikoku -- is famous for its octopuses, informed the Oxford Companion to Food , Alan Davidson's 25- year labour of love.
These octopuses, they're not simple animals," Finn told Australian media.
Most octopuses have no internal or external skeleton, allowing them to squeeze through tight places.
Ancestors of the shy, reclusive octopuses have been lurking around in the deepest pockets of our oceans for more than 200 million years.
Octopuses need subdued lighting and flash photography can be fatal, but a quick-thinking staff member snapped the best picture he could before Henry found a different resting place with his legs tucked beneath him.