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Mimic octpus,Thaumoctopus mimicus. "This animal is so intelligent that it is able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate that will present the greatest threat to its current possible predator. For example, scientists observed that when the octopus was attacked by territorial damselfishes, it mimicked the banded sea snake, a known predator of damselfishes."
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Tiny fish mimics octopus that mimics fish by Charle Q. Choi, msnbc.msn.com: The black-marble jawfish hitches a ride by mimicking the movement of the mimic octopus which in turn mimics fish. Interesting video. #Mimic_Octopus #Jawfish #Charles_Q_Choi
The mimic octopus mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. It accomplishes this by contorting its body and arms, and changing color.