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Licence: 
Creative Commons Licence
Imaging technique: 
Photograph
Description: 

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

Creator: 
John Forsythe
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith