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Octopus bimaculoides Pickford & McConnaughey, 1949
California Two-Spot Octopus
This species of octopus is found in the intertidal and benthic zones, from the low tide to subtidal depths of about 20 m (65 ft). It prefers sandy substrate and caves of rock or debris for hiding. It tolerates a wide temperature range (at least 60-80°F), though it prefers 65-72°F.
Channel Islands, CA.
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From Catalina Island -- Peace Dive Boat -- June 2013