# Octopuses have 6 legs....or 2...book mistake?

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 749506.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:34 pm Huzzah Huzzah! the second book of general ignorance has arrived! Straight onto page 2: "How many legs does an octopus have?" "Two." Oh dear. On the blurb of this book it says "Octopuses have six legs.". Please tell me which is correct. And please could the future copies of such books not have such poor mistakes.

 749510.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:40 pm Surely if the octopus has six legs then he also has, by inference, two. (After that, Mr BoGI 2 editor, you're on your own).

 749521.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:10 pm 6 + 2 = 8

 749584.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:54 pm I thought they had eight arms... and no legs...

 749669.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:05 pm .......and here we go again 2, 6 or 8? An octopus has eight limbs hence octopus. The function of each limb or set is open to debate. On balance I favour 6 +2 without qualification.

749889.  Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:39 pm

 wiki wrote: there are around 300 recognized octopus species... ...In 2005 it was reported that some octopuses (Adopus aculeatus and Amphioctopus marginatus under current taxonomy) can walk on two arms,

So I make it four pairs of arms/legs - but with 1.3% of species that can use two for "walking" sometimes.

 750159.  Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:42 pm There is a small number of our species who walk on their arms; either because they have no usable legs, or they are acrobats/gymnasts/dancers.

750306.  Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:59 pm

 mckeonj wrote: There is a small number of our species who walk on their arms; either because they have no usable legs, or they are acrobats/gymnasts/dancers.

.. or very very pissed

 750339.  Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:58 pm It's supposed to be six arms and two legs.

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