Southern Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa)

…a species of blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena spp.) that is commonly seen in tidal pools along the south coast of Australia. Like other species in the genus H. maculosa is highly venomous, possessing venom capable of killing humans. The blue rings serve as a form of aposematic coloration, warning other animals of its toxicity. 

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Cephalopoda-Octopoda-Octopodidae-Octopodinae-Hapalochlaena-H. maculosa

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