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392727.  Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:54 am Reply with quote

The recent survey of octopuses in Sea Life Centres across Britain has confirmed that they have two legs and six arms. The two hindmost limbs are used for locomotion, and the others for exploring and manipulating the environment.

The original point of the survey was to see if octopuses show signs of handedness, to which the answer seems to be no. They do, however, prefer to use the third-from-the-front limb to feed themselves.

392736.  Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:06 am Reply with quote

From what little research I undertook, Octopodes seems to be considered most correct, it's oft quoted that Octupus comes from Latinised Greek.

This linky may help a little.

994301.  Mon May 06, 2013 1:38 pm Reply with quote

The scientific name is Octopoda, plural octopodes. So if you're going by the common name octopus, octopuses should be fine.

It all depends on whether you're using taxonomic terms.

994350.  Mon May 06, 2013 4:05 pm Reply with quote

Good point. Welcome to the forums Sian.martin :-)


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