Octopus ornatus

Octopus ornatus
Octopus ornatus
Octopus ornatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Octopodidae
Subfamily: Octopodinae
Genus: Octopus
Species: O. ornatus
Binomial name
Octopus ornatus
Gould, 1852
  • Callistoctopus arakawai
    Taki, 1964
Octopus ornatus and diver, Northwest Hawaiian Islands
Octopus ornatus, dorsal view of a medium sized male from Honolulu

The ornate octopus (Octopus ornatus) is a tropical species of octopus native to the Indo-Pacific region. Other common names include white-striped octopus and night octopus, in reference to its nocturnal habits. It was previously known as Polypus ornatus. O. ornatus is edible and was recorded in a Hawaiian market in 1914 by S. S. Berry.[1]


  1. ^ Berry, S.S. 1914. The Cephalopoda of the Hawaiian Islands. Bulletin of Marine Fisheries, Washington 30: 225–361.
  • SeaLifeBase: Octopus ornatus Gould, 1852
  • Gould, A.A. 1852. United States exploring expedition during the years 1838-1842. Mollusca and Shells. U.S. Exploring Expedition, 12: i-xv, 1-510; 1852, with an Atlas of plates, 1856.

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