David Liittschwager@davidliittschwager

I am a contributing photographer for National Geographic and other magazines specializing in natural history subjects.

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Common Name: East Pacific Red Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus rubescens, Size: ~3.25 inches mantle length, Notes: Collected from tide pools at low tide (~-1ft) This is the octopus that one can find in the tide pools of California. This octopus was out on the rocks above the water line. We thought we were rescuing him, but he might have just been enjoying the sun. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative


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Common Name: Common Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus vulgaris, Size: 3.5 inches mantle length, Notes: specimen from Florida Keys Marine Life. It’s the same individual that was posted three pictures previous. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Blue-ringed Octopus, Scientific Name: Hapalochlaena lunulata, Size: 2cm mantle length, Notes: female. She may be small, but Blue-ringed Octopuses are known to have very powerful venom. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Day Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus cyanea, Size: This small female's mantle is about 2 inches, Location: Gizo, Solomon Islands. Both pictures are of the same individual, showing part of the range of color that they can display. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Common Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus vulgaris, Size: 3.5 inches mantle length, Notes: specimen from Florida Keys Marine Life, Location: Big Pine Key, Florida. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Atlantic Pygmy Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus joubini, Size: 1 inch mantle length, about 2.5 inches across as posed, Location: Big Pine Key, Florida @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Southern Keeled Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus berrima, Size: mantle is 2.25 inches long, Notes: collected on a night dive just east of Rye Pier (~150ft), Location: Rye, Victoria, Australia @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Day Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus cyanea, Notes: female, Location: Gizo, Solomon Islands. Size: ~2 inches mantle length. This individual could easily fit in my cupped hand. I have seen Octopus cyanea in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, to the south in French Polynesia, and to the east in the Solomon Islands. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: The Wonderpus Octopus, Scientific Name: Wunderpus photogenicus, Size: 5/8" mantle length when relaxed, Notes: male, this species is the only representative of the monotypic genus Wunderpus, Location: Caldwell Lab, University of California Berkeley. True to its scientific name, we found this octopus to indeed be both wonderful and photogenic. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeo


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Common Name: Southern Keeled Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus berrima, Size: mantle is 2.25 inches long, Notes: collected on a night dive just east of Rye Pier, Victoria, Australia @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Southern Blue-ringed Octopus, Scientific Name: Hapalochlaena maculosa, Size: mantle is 1.25 inches long, Notes: collected near Flinder's Pier, Victoria, Australia. Our observation was that this creature was not aggressive, but it is known to have one of the most powerful venoms of any creature. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative


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Common Name: Pale Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus pallidus, Size: mantle is 4.5 inches long, Notes: collected near Sorrento, Victoria, Australia. This octopus can appear almost white, as its common and species names suggest. We saw it display a lot of color and texture. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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