Range: Octopus filosus
is very common off the coast of Haiti and can also be found
near the Bahamas, Caribbean, and occasionally Florida. The
species inhabits shallow coral reefs.
Similar Species: Possessing similar
morphology, coloration and skin texture, the Common Octopus
(Octopus vulgaris) is often mistaken for the Caribbean
Two-Spot Octopus. However, the common octopus lacks ocelli,
or blue rings which create false eye markings located below
the true eyes.
filosus, like all octopus, has the ability to change its
coloration to match its surroundings making it highly
variable in color. However, the color is often mottled in
appearance. Unique blue rings located under the true eyes
create a false eye marking called an ocellus, which are
extremely helpful in identifying the species from other