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Octopus vulgaris

Cuvier, 1797


Marco Paravella Octopus vulgaris-Polpo-Livorno (Italy), loc. Calafuria- Dive: "Isola"-Nikon D7000 in Subal,2xSea&Sea 110-Nikkor 105 VR-f 18 1/320 iso 100

Marco Paravella Thanks Greotti Cesare.

Marco Paravella Thank Susan Usteri

Marco Paravella Thank Qnas Alqnaas

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 20 Oct 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2012. SEALIFE DC1200" presso AMP Tor Paterno - Roma.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 14 Aug 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 13 Aug 2013
Alessandro Borsini Octopus vulgaris Levanto - Italy Oly PEN PL1 45 macro f 14, 1/160, Iso 200 Strobe S&S YS27e YS110

Message posted on UWphotographers on 26 Oct 2013
David Gentile Polpo, Octopus vulgaris Italy - Lampedusa Canon G12 isotta housing - 1xS2000 strobe F/4.5 - 1/160 - Iso200 (C)2013, David Gentile, tutti i diritti sono riservati (C) 2013, David Gentile, all right reserved

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 08 Aug 2013
Marco Paravella Octopus vulgaris-Polpo-Livorno (Italy), loc. Calafuria- Dive: "Isola"-Nikon D7000 in Subal,2xSea&Sea 110-Nikkor 105 VR-f 18 1/320 iso 100

Giorgio Cavallaro http://www.uwphotographers.net/2012/05/uwp-marco-paravella.html

Marco Paravella Thank Giorgio Cavallaro.

Message posted on UWphotographers on 20 Oct 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2013. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 12 Jul 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2013. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 12 Jul 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Mimetismo Del Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea June 2013. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 05 Jul 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 21 Jun 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea July 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 18 Jun 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 14 Jun 2013
Vito Giannecchini Octopus vulgaris Argentarola 12 m

Giorgio Cavallaro Uwp http://www.uwphotographers.net/2013/09/uwp-vito-giannecchini.html

Message posted on UWphotographers on 27 Sep 2013
Andrea Serafini Octopus vulgaris

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 05 Jun 2013
Alessandro Borsini Octopus Vulgaris Grotta Byron " Porto Venere - Spezia - Italy Olympus PEN EPL1 lens 45 macro f 16, 1/160, Iso 200 Strobe S&S YS27e YS110

Message posted on UWphotographers on 23 Sep 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on UWphotographers on 14 Aug 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on UWphotographers on 13 Aug 2013
David Gentile Polpo, Octopus vulgaris Italy - Lampedusa Canon G12 isotta housing - 1xS2000 strobe F/4.5 - 1/160 - Iso200 (C)2013, David Gentile, tutti i diritti sono riservati (C) 2013, David Gentile, all right reserved

Anna Maria Giammona Bei colori e contrasti ! Complimenti!

David Gentile Grazie Anna Maria Giammona, ciao

Barbara Trevisan Veramente bella!

David Gentile grazie Barbara Trevisan :)

Brian Ward NICE!!

David Gentile thank's Brian Ward. bye ;)

Reiner Tempelhof Klasse Foto (y)

Tove Nilsen Åh, amazing photo of a beautiful octopus

David Gentile thanks Reiner Tempelhof , Tove Nilsen ;)

Ilse Merz great shot!

David Gentile thanks Ilse Merz! :)

Walter Bassi very nice shot David Gentile

David Gentile Many thanks Walter Bassi :)

Ingvar Eliasson Beautiful!

David Gentile Thank's Ingvar Eliasson, bye

Giorgio Cavallaro (Y) (Y)

Message posted on UWphotographers on 08 Aug 2013
Marco Paravella Octopus vulgaris-Polpo-Livorno (Italy), loc. Calafuria- Dive: "Isola"-Nikon D7000 in Subal,2xSea&Sea 110-Nikkor 105 VR-f 18 1/320 iso 100

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 20 Oct 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Max Conti Bravo Roberto !!

Roberto Ruggiero Grazie mille!!!

Message posted on UWphotographers on 14 Jun 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 14 Aug 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 13 Aug 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2013. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 12 Jul 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2013. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 12 Jul 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Mimetismo Del Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea June 2013. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 05 Jul 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 21 Jun 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea July 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 18 Jun 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Octopus Vulgaris - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200 1/250 F8/6 ISO100.

Message posted on UW photo - Fotosub on 14 Jun 2013
Andrea Serafini Octopus vulgaris

Message posted on UWphotographers on 05 Jun 2013
Burak Aydın Octopus Vulgaris-Antalya TURKEY sea&sea dx 860g

Sylvie Omnès nice angle ...

Mawi Rahim Hi Burak Aydin, it would be great if you could post your camera settings as well on this shot as well as on your next post ;)

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 29 Mar 2012
Gero Rinaldo Octopus vulgaris Cuvier (Isola Ventotene - mar Mediterraneo) Sony DSC WX1 + MPK-WEB, f 2,4, 1/100, ISO 299

Marco Paravella bella

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 24 Mar 2012
Joaquin Muñoz "Octopus Vulgaris" Costa Brava Catalonia

Message posted on UWphotographers on 20 May 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea July 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 14 Aug 2013
Roberto Ruggiero Polpo Comune (Octopus vulgaris) - Med Sea June 2012. SEALIFE DC1200. 1/60 F8 ISO 100.

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 13 Aug 2013
Andrea Serafini Octopus vulgaris

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 05 Jun 2013
Enzo Vadalà __ Octopus vulgaris __ .. the hypnotist ..

Stuart Pearce Beauty :)

Marie-therese Bertin superbe photo!!!

Enzo Vadalà Thanks Marie Therese , Thanks Stuart :D

Greotti Cesare BRAVO

Enzo Vadalà Cesare :D

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 16 Nov 2013
Rosario Scariati "Look Mee" Octopus Vulgaris Notturna Baia di Puolo Canon 7D in Nauticam Housing Canon 60 macro 2 Inon Z240 1/200 f:22 iso 100

Stuart Pearce Stunner :)

Zeynep Eroğlu Fantastic:))))

Rosario Scariati Thank Zeynep Eroğlu

Zeynep Eroğlu You're welcome :))) Rosario Scariati

Rosario Scariati Thank You Very Much ! Zeynep Eroğlu

Stefan Follows (y)

Ernst Andres (Y)

Rosario Scariati Thank Stefan Follows e Ernst Andres

Ernst Andres :-)

Galina Maslova Very nice

Rosario Scariati Thank you Galina Maslova

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 20 Oct 2013
Marco Paravella Octopus vulgaris-Polpo-Livorno (Italy), loc. Calafuria- Dive: "Isola"-Nikon D7000 in Subal,2xSea&Sea 110-Nikkor 105 VR-f 18 1/320 iso 100

Ian Diver Lovely shot! I'm looking to get a wet diopter for my 105 subal port can you advise me on the sea &sea ones do they fit the port well? I have zero experience with them at all at the moment

Ian Diver Just realised you are talking about strobes ignore my last comment unless you know that is.

Marco Paravella hello, I have a diopter to be added outside the 105, on the porthole. + 6 diopters are but mine is made by hand. Hi Ian Diver.

Marco Paravella Ian Diver, ok....sorry....bye and thanks for the visit

Ian Diver Cool thanks

Roberto Gruzza Bella Marco!!! Buona domenica!!

Marco Paravella Grazie Roberto Gruzza, anche a te

Stuart Pearce Beauty :)

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 20 Oct 2013
Rui Bernardo My first contribution the group Portugal, Sesimbra, Jardim das Gorgoneas Nikon D80, Sigma 4,5mm 1125 F11 Octopus vulgaris in the top of the world

Imran Ahmad Beautiful idea and concept

Message posted on UWphotographers on 23 Apr 2012
Vito Giannecchini Octopus vulgaris Argentarola 12 m

Stuart Pearce Beauty :)

Gaglione Tiziana Molto bella...

Antonio Colacino Nice portrait :)

Ernst Andres Superbe :-)

Vito Giannecchini Thk Stuart, Tiziana, Antonio e Ernst!

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 27 Sep 2013
Vito Giannecchini Octopus vulgaris Calafuria Livorno 10m

Stuart Pearce Beauty :)

Antonio Colacino Nice portrait :)

Ernst Andres Uuuuuuh......very cool shot :-)

Vito Giannecchini Thank Stuart Antonio e Ernst!

Galina Maslova Cool

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 17 Sep 2013
Tom Harris Octopus Night Dive in the Bahamas Canon G-12 F3.2 1/15sec ISO 400

Ron Silver Octopus vulgaris

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 07 Oct 2013
Gerardo Campitelli Fotocamera Nikon D300 Esposizione 0,004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/10.0 Lente 60 mm ISO 100

Gerardo Campitelli eye octopus vulgaris

Alexander Niedermair Wooowh amazing Picture !!

Marco Paravella stupenda e dettagliata

Rumeau Yann Christian Gia nelle mie preferite, bravo Gerardo... Wel done..

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 10 Apr 2012
Paula Lightfoot Thanks everyone who came on the Farnes and Berwick (and Eyemouth!) dives and thanks Nicola Faulks and Steve Mustow for organising! I had a lovely time despite leaky drysuit, broken down boat and freeflowing reg (thanks to Hubert Desgranges for fixing it)!! Thought I'd share this photo as it's a 'first' for me on a UK dive! :o)

Anne Morrison Sounds like one of my dives!!

David John Wightman sounds like you all had a very eventful day. am looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos.

June Coomber This is a great photo Paula. I have seen three octopus during my UK dives and I am always amazed who their colour is more attractive then the ones I have seen abroad.

Simon Parker I wonder if they are more common later in the year. I was there in July and only saw a dead one. I've been in October in the past and seen 3 on one dive!

Jon Chamberlain Here's one Dawn found the day before: http://youtu.be/MlR4qZ75MCI

Simon Parker Aren't these Lesser Octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) rather than Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris)?

Bernard Picton I think Jon is right. Octopus vulgaris is rare in the UK, only south coast.

Bernard Picton Dawn Watson, here's an Octopus vulgaris, from Sagres in Portugal. http://www.flickr.com/photos/77857683@N06/8033680031/in/photostream

Bernard Picton Oh, I should have said Simon's right, Eledone has those lovely curled ends to the tentacles.

Message posted on Seasearch North East England on 23 Sep 2012
Fabrizio Frixa Octopus vulgaris Octopus Ustica Island, late 90s Pleasant meeting along the way archeology.

Saeed Rashid Why are you poking the poor thing?

Greotti Cesare BRAVO Fabrizio Frixa

Gaglione Tiziana Bellissima....

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 11 Nov 2013
Leplongeur Réunion Gewönhliche Krake ....Octopus Vulgaris ..Reunion Island

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 26 Oct 2013
Fabrizio Frixa Octopus vulgaris Octopus Ustica Island, late 90s Pleasant meeting along the way archeology.

Myriam Alencar EXTRAVAGANT

Message posted on UWphotographers on 11 Nov 2013
Leplongeur Réunion Gewönhliche Krake ....Octopus Vulgaris ..Reunion Island

Message posted on UWphotographers on 26 Oct 2013
Fabrizio Frixa Octopus vulgaris Octopus Ustica Island, late 90s Pleasant meeting along the way archeology.

Marie-therese Bertin super!!!

Stuart Pearce Very nice shot :)

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 11 Nov 2013
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Mollusca (Phylum)
    Cephalopoda (Class)
      Coleoidea (Subclass)
        Octopodiformes (Infraclass)
          Octopoda (Order)
            Incirrata (Suborder)
              Octopodoidea (Superfamily)
                Octopodidae (Family)
                  Octopus (Genus)
                    Octopus vulgaris (Species)
Associated Species