Female octopuses stretch further

2013-04-03 11:40

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Cape Town – Female octopuses go to extra lengths when stretching their arms to reach food, a study has found.

The BBC reported scientists in Italy measured octopuses' arm extensions as they reached up a tube toward tasty bait.

They found for the first time that octopuses' arm elongation ability differed depending on their sex and size. The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Scientists had expected to find that smaller octopuses elongated their arms further than larger animals, but "more surprising was the difference between males and females similar in body size", said research team member Dr Laura Margheri, from the BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna university in Pisa, Italy.

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