18 November 2008

The spotted Wonderpus

It's not clear why the wonderpus has such distinctive markings in the first place. Biologists have mostly assumed that octopuses, being solitary animals, have little need for the ability to recognise other individuals and no one has properly tested whether they can do so. It's not unfeasible - octopuses are intelligent animals with decent memories and excellent eyesight.
-- from How to tell Wonderpus Joe from Wonderpus Bob by Ed Yong

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