Status: No conservation concerns
It’s capable of “transforming” into more than 15 recorded species including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. It’s incredible how by simply contorting its body and changing color, how many impressions the Indonesian Mimic Octopus is able to create.
Based on observation, the mimic octopus may decide which animal to impersonate depending on local predators. For example, when the octopus was being attacked by damselfish, it was observed that the octopus appeared as a banded sea snake, a damselfish predator. Very tricky eh?!
You absolutely MUST watch this video on it – SO COOL! Wait till 1 min 18 seconds in when it transforms itself into a Pokemon character… you’ll see: