Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

Documentation of the mimic octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Darren J. Coker 

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4812, Australia


A mimic octopus Thaumoctopus mimicus is documented for the first time in Australian waters off Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia during a low tide on 4 June 2012. One adult was found and this suggests that their geographical distribution is larger than currently documented.

(Received August 14 2012)

(Accepted November 28 2012)


  • mimic octopus;
  • Thaumoctopus mimicus ;
  • Australia