Here, "Thaumoctopus mimicus" pretends to be a starfish.
An octopus in Indonesia is the first animal found that can pretend to be an animal of another species. So far, scientists have discovered about fifteen species it can impersonate.
If it’s threatened, it can imitate shape, color and behavior, and it doesn’t need to be in the presence of the animal to imitate it – this mimic octopus can create the illusion even when the others animals aren’t around.
And when threatened by a predator, it’s also smart enough to know which creatures to impersonate that are most dangerous to that particular predator.
The Indonesian Mimic Octopus
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– Photo is from Octopus – Octopoda – Kraken, Starfish.ch>>