Blue-ringed octopus project

Jan StrugnellBlue-ringed octopuses (genus Hapalochlaena) are some of the most venomous marine animals in the world yet we don't know much about them.

Dr Jan Strugnell with joint investigators Dr Julian Finn and Dr Mark Norman from Museum Victoria, and Professor Chung Cheng Lu of National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, have just received a three-year grant from the Australian Biological Resources Study to sort out how many species there are worldwide by using comparative anatomy and molecular techniques.

They will map the distribution of each species and produce an identification key to help others identify blue-ringed octopuses.

Read more at Melbourne Museum.