Summary

Specimen label reads "This specimen bit and caused paralysis in its captor".

The danger of this highly venomous species was not known until this specimen was collected. On Christmas Day 1962, Arthur Thompson, then 33, was bitten on the hand by this Southern Blue-ringed Octopus at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris in Port Phillip Bay. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital Clinical Research Unit where he was respired for about an hour after he became paralysed and stopped breathing. After this he recovered and was discharged the following day.

Specimen Details

  • Taxon Name

    Hapalochlaena maculosa

  • Author and date of publication

    (Hoyle, 1883)

  • Preferred Common name

    Southern Blue-ringed Octopus

  • Other Common Names

    Blue-ring Octopus Lesser Blue-ringed Octopus

  • Identified By

    J H. Macpherson

  • Number Of Specimens

    1

  • Sex

    Unknown

  • Specimen Nature

    Wet ethanol 70%

  • Collected By

    A Thompson

  • Date Visited From

    25/12/1962

  • Date Visited To

    25/12/1962

  • Category

    Natural Sciences

  • Scientific Group

    Invertebrate Zoology

  • Discipline

    Invertebrates

  • Collecting Areas

    Invertebrates

  • Type of Item

    Specimen

Taxonomy

Geospatial Information

  • Country

    Australia

  • State

    Victoria

  • Precise Location

    Ricketts Point, Beaumaris

  • Latitude

    -38

  • Longitude

    145.03

  • Geodetic Datum

    WGS84