They cannot be taken by a specialised octopus pot or trap.
Found on sandy, rubbly substrates often near sponge gardens in depths from 10-40 metres. Occurs in Bass Strait, down the east coast and as far south as the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Octopus are usually taken by hand, gaff, line, net, bait trap or in rock lobster pots and rings. This species is often taken as a bycatch when line fishing for flathead.
Handle with caution as octopus have a mouth or beak at the centre point of its arms that can inflict a painful bite.