Comparison between large-egged and small-egged Octopus species. The top embryo is O. bimaculoides and the middle one is O. digueti. These are both large-egged octopus species. The bottom egg is from O. bimaculatus, representative of a small-egged species. Large-egged species hatch out as fully formed benthic octopuses while small-egged species assume a planktonic swimming post-hatching lifestyle. After 20-60 days they settle out of the plankton and become benthic octopuses.
Maturity: Eggs; Lab or Wild: Lab; Origin: Ne pacific ocean, s. california